Masked man robs Dollar General with an AK-47, police say

Police were investigating after they say a masked gunman with an AK-47 style rifle robbed a Fairview Heights store on Thursday evening.

The suspect took an undetermined amount of cash from employees at the Dollar General Store at 5217 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights at about 8:15 p.m. Thursday, police said Friday morning.

Fairview Heights police said they received multiple 911 calls of an armed robbery in progress. They said the suspect had left on foot before officers arrived.

Employees told police the man was wearing a black ski mask, a two-toned blue jacket and dark pants. They said he was carrying a AK-47 style gun.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 618-489-2130 or leave an anonymous tip at

Hana Muslic: 618-239-2626, @h_muslic