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Dollar General was packed, but it didn’t stop this man from robbing it, police say

Police say this man walked into the Dollar General store during business hours at 5711 Godfrey Road in Godfrey and was followed by customers.
Police say this man walked into the Dollar General store during business hours at 5711 Godfrey Road in Godfrey and was followed by customers.

Police were looking for a “pretty brazen” man who robbed a Godfrey Dollar General store during business hours on Wednesday.

Several customers were in the store and several more entered after the suspect walked into the retailer at 5711 Godfrey Road about 5 p.m. Wednesday, said Madison County Sheriff’s Department Capt. T. Mike Dixon.

“People were at the counters ... it was pretty brazen,” he said.

The man displayed a weapon during the robbery, Dixon said, and left with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police would not confirm what kind of weapon the suspect had.

The suspect is described as a black man with a light complexion who was clean shaven with a thin build and medium height, possibly 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8. He was wearing a blue jacket with a black hooded jacket, dark pants, black shoes and a dark stocking cap.

He may have been driving a silver two-door car, possibly an early-2000s Honda Civic. The car had a factory trunk spoiler and a witness said it might have had out-of-state plates.

Dixon said the man does not appear to be the same suspect as the one in recent bank robberies, nor does he seem to be the same suspect as the one in an earlier Dollar General robbery.

The suspect left going south on Godfrey Road toward Alton, Dixon said.

Anyone with information about the suspect or robbery can call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 618-692-4433 or 618-296-3000, an anonymous tip line.

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