Authorities release photos of suspect in 3 Belleville armed robberies

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 20 at 1:04 AM

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- A masked suspect who fired a gunshot during a robbery at a Metro-East dollar store may be linked to two other armed robberies, according to authorities.

Early Saturday morning, police say an armed man robbed a Midwest Petroleum gas station in the 1200 block of Royal Heights Road.

The suspect, described as a thin black male between the ages of 20 and 30 years old, reportedly displayed a small, silver-colored pistol during the robbery.

On Friday night, an armed suspect robbed a Dollar General store in Belleville, firing one shot inside the building before escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was described as a masked man wearing a tan or light-colored jacket.

Earlier on Friday, two customers and a store clerk were robbed at gunpoint inside the "Cheap Cigarettes" store in East Belleville around 2:30 p.m. The store clerk, a mother of three, said the gunman pointed a gun at the victims' heads during the robbery.

Employees told News 4 the store has been robbed twice in the past month. The suspect was described as wearing a Carhartt jacket and brandishing a small, silver-colored gun.

Authorities say no one was injured in the three robberies. Police continue to investigate the incidents, but have released no further information.

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