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Armed robbery under investigation at the Highland Cash Store

Police on the scene of a reported armed robbery of the Highland Cash Store on Saturday.
Police on the scene of a reported armed robbery of the Highland Cash Store on Saturday. mcooley@bnd.com

Highland Police, Illinois State Police and Madison County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene of an armed robbery that occurred Saturday at the Highland Cash Store at 12547 Illinois Route 143, in a strip mall near the Highland Walmart.

Highland Police Lt. Chris Conrad said a black man walked into The Cash Store about 12:30 p.m. The man, who is believed to be about 30 years old, displayed a handgun, obtained an undetermined amount of cash, then fled the store on foot, police said.

The man was wearing a black ball cap, white t-shirt, black zip up hoodie, blue jeans, and white shoes, police said.

Police said they believe the suspect got into a vehicle and left the scene.

This is the second time The Cash Store has been robbed, Conrad said. The first time was in 2013.

Canine officers searched the area along with other armed officers on Saturday afternoon.

An employee of a nearby business said she heard a commotion outside and when she walked out of her store, which is next door to the cash store, she was met by an armed police officer.

The employee said she saw a man outside her store on Saturday morning. She described him as a black male, 5-foot, 5-inches tall with a thin build and tattoos on his arms.

Anyone with information, is asked to call the Highland Police Department at 618-654-2131.

Security video provided by Belleville Police Department shows an armed robbery at a Zephyr Express gas station on West Main Street in Belleville.

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