Police to increase patrols following two armed robberies in Belleville
By Stephanie Baumer
(KMOV.com) – Belleville police are stepping up patrols in the west end of the city after two armed robberies were committed Wednesday. Police believe the incidents are connected.
At 9:33 p.m., a 61-year-old woman said she was exiting her vehicle in her garage when a man, about 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, approached her and displayed a handgun. The victim told police the man demanded her purse and she complied.
The suspect, who was wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans, fled the scene toward Willow Creek Road.
About an hour later, Belleville police responded to the area of Signal Hill School for another reported armed robbery. When they arrived, they met with an 18-year-old man who told them he was approached by two men who displayed a handgun and demanded his bag. The victim told police he initially resisted, but eventually complied.
The victim said one suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and the other was wearing a black sweatshirt.
The victim told police the suspect in a gray hooded sweatshirt hit him with the gun causing injury to his face. The victim was transported to a hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.
According to police, the suspects ran southbound on South 95th Street from Signal Hill School.
Police say the suspects in both cases remain at large.
Police believe the armed robberies are related due to a similar suspect description.
Anyone with information related to these incidents, are asked to contact the Belleville Police Department Detective Division (618-234-1212) or Crimestoppers (1-866-371-8477).