Armed robbery strikes again

Springfield police belief one case is connected, another a copycat.


An armed robber has now been connected to a ninth hold-up at a drive-thru in Springfield, and police believe a copycat robbed another store Friday.

The copycat robbery happened Friday afternoon around 3 p.m. at Doc’s Drive Thru, 908 W. North St. Employees reported a masked man carrying a gun demanded cash from the register. He then fled down the alley. Police believe it’s not the same person responsible for nine other similar robberies because the weapon and thief’s description did not match.

Officers do believe a serial robber held up Sunny’s Drive Thru, 915 N. Belmont Ave., on Wednesday. The man made off with an unknown amount of cash as well as two cartons of Marlboro Special Blend cigarettes, according to police.

The robber’s appearance and choice of weapon— a black semi-automatic handgun— has led investigators to believe this is the same man responsible for two other robberies at Sunny’s Drive Thru and one other at Doc’s, as well as five other crimes in the city since Feb. 8. The man has also made off with cash and cigarettes at the Speedway on East Main Street and John’s Drive Thru on West Main Street, police said.

Scott Silver, who owns a business near Sunny’s, said he finds it strange the same robber would hit the same drive-thru three times. He worries someone will end up getting shot if the crime spree continues.

“You never know what these people are capable of doing,” he said.

A man driving by Sunny’s in an SUV during the robbery witnessed the suspect running from the scene. He told police the man ran northwest and took off his mask as he fled. The witness stopped to get a better look of the suspect, who pointed the gun at him. He described the man as white, about 30 years of age, clean-shaven, about 5’10” with a thin build, wearing blue jeans, black shoes and a black coat, according to police.

Anyone with information about these robberies is asked to call Springfield police at (937) 324-7716.


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