Armed robbers hit second metro-east Sprint store in a week

O’Fallon police responded to an armed robbery at a Sprint store Wednesday night.

Just after 9:30 p.m., police were called to the scene at 1140 Central Park Drive, Capt. Jim Cavins of the O’Fallon Police Department said Thursday. Police were searching for three men brandishing guns, who left in a black Chevrolet Tahoe. Cavins confirmed that weapons were used.

On Saturday, Fairview Heights police were called to an armed robbery at the Sprint store on Frey Lane. In that case, police said they were searching for three suspects, all wearing hoods or masks, who brandished guns. No one was hurt in the incident, but the suspects left with an undetermined amount of cash.

Those suspects were described by police as:

  • a black male, 5-foot-10 with a thin build, wearing black Adidas pants, black Nike hooded sweatshirt and brandishing a black-framed semi-automatic handgun with a silver slide
  • a black male, 6-foot with a thin build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black Nike pants, gray gloves and brandishing a black semi-automatic handgun
  • a black male with a thin build, wearing a black hat or ski mask, gray insulated jacket, royal blue tennis shoes and brandishing a black semi-automatic handgun

Cavins said that the O’Fallon Police Department is familiar with the case from Fairview Heights, but that the investigation is still in the early stages.

“At this point, we can’t say if the situation is connected or not connected to the one in Fairview Heights,” he said.

According to Cavins, there were customers and employees inside the business during the robbery, but no one was injured. He said detectives are reviewing surveillance footage and conducting interviews.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.