Two armed robbers hit MotoMart in Breese, flee with cash

Police are searching for two people who robbed a gas station at gunpoint early Monday in Breese and fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

At 12:52 a.m., two suspects parked a dark-blue sedan at a gas pump at the MotoMart on North Fourth Street in Breese, according to a news release from police. They entered the store, one wearing a clown mask and the other wearing a dark hoodie and carrying a backpack.

One suspect was armed with a black semi-automatic pistol and displayed the gun to the clerk, the release stated. The other suspect went behind the counter and emptied the cash register in the backpack before they both fled.

The clerk was not injured, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Breese Police Department at 618-526-7226 or Clinton County CrimeStoppers at 618-594-6666. Police are offering a $2,500 award for information that results in an arrest.

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.