Urbana armed robbery may be linked other robberies


Urbana police are sharing information with several local agencies that have investigated armed robberies similar to a Wednesday night robbery in Urbana, its chief said.

A man reportedly pointed a handgun at an employee of Lil’s Drive Thru, 636 Scioto St., Urbana, and demanded money about 8:30 p.m.

“We have been in contact with other agencies including Springfield PD regarding similar types of robberies in their communities,” Urbana Police Chief Matt Lingrell said.

Two Chinese restaurants in the city of Springfield were reportedly robbed by a man with a gun who’s similar in description as the man who allegedly robbed the Urbana drive-through.

Lingrell didn’t specify when asked whether investigators believe the Springfield robberies on Sunday and Tuesday nights are connected to the Urbana robbery.

The man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash from the Urbana business and may have left the area in an vehicle prior to officers arriving, according to police.

Urbana authorities said the man is of slender build, 6-feet tall and had been wearing light-colored blue jeans, a dark, hooded sweatshirt with “FBI” across the chest, and dark sunglasses.

The employee was not injured.

No arrest had been made as of Thursday afternoon.

Anyone who may have information on the robbery is asked to call Urbana police at 937-652-4350.

Staff writer Mandy Gambrell contributed to this report.


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