Police are investigating whether an armed robbery Monday morning on Bloomington's east side was the work of the Business Bandit.
The latest holdup happened around 11:15 a.m. at Check Into Cash at 2303 E. Washington St., Bloomington Police said. The suspect entered the payday and title loan store and demanded money from an employee while armed with a gun, police said. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and property and left on foot, police said.
The suspect was described as a black male around 5-foot-8. Those two characteristics are similar to the Business Bandit, who is wanted in connection with at least seven armed robberies since Dec. 8 at Bloomington-Normal businesses.
"We ... are aware there are several similarities between the other armed robberies. We continue to investigate this incident and are investigating its possible connection with the other armed robberies," said Bloomington Police spokesperson John Fermon.
No surveillance footage was available from Monday's robbery.
Earlier in January, Bloomington Police described the Business Bandit as a black male, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 in height, with a medium build. The suspect was seen wearing a black hooded jacket with button or snap pockets on the front sides of the coat.
Anyone with information is asked to contact BPD Detective Jared Roth at (309) 434-2379. To remain anonymous call McLean County Crime Stoppers at (309) 828-1111.
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