Armed robbers stole cash from two gas stations within minutes of one another early Wednesday, police said.
Belleville Police Department officers responded to the first robbery at 1:16 a.m. at the BP gas station in the 1300 block of South 74th Street, according to Capt. John Moody.
Two suspects entered the store and one bought some items then stepped out. The other suspect handed money to the clerk for a bag of chips, but when the clerk opened the cash register, the robber displayed a handgun.
The clerk immediately fled to a back room in the store and locked the door. The suspect then stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and fled with the other suspect in an unknown direction.
The armed suspect was described as a black male, medium build, approximately 5-foot-6, wearing a maroon hooded sweatshirt, black baseball hat, sunglasses and blue pants. The other suspect was described as a black male, medium build, approximately 5-foot-6, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
Police responded to a second armed robbery at 1:39 a.m. at the Circle K in the 700 block of South Belt West. A suspect had entered the store, displayed a handgun and confronted a lone employee.
The suspect grabbed a shopping bag and demanded cash from the register and cigarettes. The employee complied with the suspect’s demands and the suspect ran in an unknown direction.
The suspect was described as a black male, thin build, approximately 5-foot-9 and wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, black shorts, a dark-colored hat and a black covering over his mouth and nose.
No one was injured in either robbery.
Belleville police were investigating both robberies, the captain said.
“We’re in the early stages of the investigation,” Moody said. “At this time we are not saying that these are connected, but we will be looking at that.”
Anyone with information can call the Belleville Police Department at 618-234-1212 or Crime Stoppers at 866-371-8477.