Right now we're sitting in front of a Circle K convenience store in St. Charles. We're preparing to do a live-shot for Monday's 10pm newscast. The story tonight---an armed robber who held up this Circle K and also held up a gas station in West Alton. Police have good security camera video of the guy.
The first robbery happened Saturday night (December 5th) about 11:40pm. The suspect showed up again a few hours later at another gas station in West Alton. It was about 2:30 in the morning on Sunday. If you watch the video you see that he fumbles with something in his jacket. He pulls out a wad of bills and peels a couple off and puts them on the counter. A few moments later he reaches in again and, this time, pulls out a gun. He shoves it in the clerk's face and demands the cash drawer.
What's frightening is watching this robber foolishly wielding this gun. If it goes off he could easily end a life. The clerk is trying to scratch out a living and has to put up with someone who could take his life for a few bucks. Maybe the robber should take a hint from the clerk and get a job.
St. Charles police say they're working some leads right now but they're asking for the public's help. The detective that News 4 interviewed today says someone, somewhere knows this suspect and knows what he did. They'd like to hear from that person.
St. Charles Police 636-940-4663 are waiting for that call.