Police: Bloomington suspect may be responsible for 6 armed robberies

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Police in Bloomington believe a series of robberies at area businesses may be connected.

The latest armed robbery happened in the early morning hours on Monday. Two men entered Crescent Donut Shop, 231 S. Adams St., around 3:30 a.m. Monday wearing hooded sweatshirts and ski masks. One of the suspects was carrying a handgun.

It was the second armed robbery at the store since October. Capt. Steve Kellams with the Bloomington Police Department said the robbery may be linked to others in the area.

During Monday’s robbery, two employees were in the kitchen making doughnuts when the masked suspects entered the store and ordered them to go to a back room to get money from a safe.

After the employees said didn’t have the code to access the safe, the robbers ordered them to open the registers at the front of the store. They ran off with some cash.

Kellams said one of the suspects may be responsible for five robberies in the area. He had an accomplice for Monday’s theft. In the other cases, an armed suspect told employees to go into back offices to get cash.

Here are the robberies police believe are connected:

  • Oct. 8, Pizza X East, 877 S. College Mall Rd.
  • Oct. 14, Flip Laundry, 411 S. Woodscrest Dr.
  • Oct. 16, Crescent Donuts
  • Nov. 27, Pizza X East
  • Dec. 4, Village Pantry, 1307 W. Third St.

In each of the robberies, witnesses have given similar descriptions of a suspect: a skinny, black male in his late teens or early 20s. He’s between 5’7 and 5’10” and wears a hooded sweatshirt and a mask.

Anyone with information should call the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477.