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Police: Redskins robber suspected in Collinsville heist

Redskins hoodie robber hits for third time

The MotoMart in Fairview Heights was robbed in December by an armed robber in a Redskins hoodie. A robber wearing a Redskins hoodie also hit a Swansea station Sept. 30 and another Fairview Heights station on Oct. 19.
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The MotoMart in Fairview Heights was robbed in December by an armed robber in a Redskins hoodie. A robber wearing a Redskins hoodie also hit a Swansea station Sept. 30 and another Fairview Heights station on Oct. 19.

A man wanted for robbing several metro-east gas stations while wearing a Washington Redskins sweatshirt appears to have struck again.

This time it was in Collinsville.

“This appears to be the same suspect involved in previous armed robberies in the Fairview Heights area,” Madison County Sheriff’s Department Capt. T. Mike Dixon said.

The latest crime happened about 2 a.m. Thursday at the ZX Service Station at 8407 Collinsville Road. Officers searched the area with the assistance of a tracking dog.

The clerk was not hurt in the robbery. He reported to investigators that the suspect had a silver handgun that matched the description of the weapon used in the previous robberies.

As of late Thursday afternoon, Dixon said the suspect was not in custody.

This is at least the fourth robbery police believe the suspect has committed.

A few days before Christmas in December, the suspect walked into the Moto Mart at 6114 N. Illinois St. in Fairview Heights at just before 2 a.m., pushed a silver handgun into the clerk’s back and forced him to go to the cash register, open it and hand over the money inside.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 5-foot-10 to six-feet tall, with a thin build.

Fairview Heights also had a man in a Redskins hoodie, red bandana over his face and silver handgun at 12:13 a.m. on Oct. 19 rob the Circle K, 10070 Bunkum Road. The Phillips 66 at 2400 N. Illinois St. in Swansea was robbed at 4:17 a.m. on Sept. 30 by a suspect with a handgun and in a Redskins hoodie, who ordered the clerk and a patron to get behind the counter and took money from the register and the two victims before running away.

Scott Wuerz

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