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North Grand Robberies Possibly Linked
Springfield Police are tracking leads and asking for your help in tracking down two wanted suspects believed to be responsible for multiple robberies along North Grand Avenue.
"It's kind of scary," one neighborhood resident said. "A lot is happening along this street."
For the Ahlers, it hits close to home that a business next door was held up at gunpoint by robbers looking for cash.
"It happened when it was daylight and police always are patrolling up and down this street," George Ahlers said.
Two suspects were involved at the Domino's robbery and at another incident just a block down, where the robbers claimed to be shopping for trophies.
"We chatted for awhile and then they came back 15 minutes later with a gun and wanted my money," a victim at the trophy shop, who did not want to be identified, said.
Although only $40 was taken, a feeling of safety was robbed.
"When I went the register to get the money, they told me to get down on the floor," the victim said.
"It wasn't even dark and there's police that come up and down this street all the time," the neighborhood resident said.
Domino's is one of three businesses who've fallen victim to armed robbery in the last month.
"He stuck the gun in his face and even asked him to give everything in his pockets," Ahlers said.
The North Grand McDonald's was hit up as well, and authorities are only looking for one suspect with this incident.
"We're looking at them all like they're related at this point," Deputy Chief Cliff Buscher said.
The suspects are described as two black males. The suspect in the Tomahawk incident wore a red jacket with patches on the back holding a semiautomatic handgun. At Domino's, the suspect holding the gun was described to be wearing a black Carhartt and red bandanna.
"We've got video from several locations and some video from surrounding areas that were not actually involved," Buscher said.
"You never think that it would happen," Ahler said.
Police said robberies do pick up around the holidays, so they're reminding businesses to look out for one another and call if anything appears to be out of place.
If you have any information about any of these crimes, call Crimestoppers at 217-788-8427. Remember, they only want your information, not your name.