Police searching for robbery suspects

By M. Michelle Byrne

DeKalb Police are looking for a black male who allegedly was involved in an armed robbery and two other black male suspects allegedly involved in a number of “till-tap” robberies.

The suspect involved in the armed robbery, which occurred July 23 at Pizza Hut, 701 W. Lincoln Hwy., was described as a black male about 24 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds, according to a police report. He is believed to have been wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans and had a two-day beard, the report stated.

The report stated the suspect entered the restaurant through a rear door after an employee took out the garbage. The suspect announced the stick-up and displayed a blue, six-inch revolver, the report stated. The suspect had a victim crawl to the cash register, remove the money and place it in a bank bag, the report stated. The suspect ordered the victim to remain on the floor and then fled, the report stated.

DeKalb Police Detective Dan Gerace said anyone with information about a subject that matches the composite drawing should report it to the DeKalb Police (756-1421) or Crime Stoppers (895-3272).

Two other black male suspects are wanted by police for up to seven “till-tap” thefts that occurred between July 17 and 24, Gerace said. Till-tap thefts are thefts in which an assailant grabs the $10 and $20 dollar bills from a cash register after it has been opened, Gerace said.

The total value of all the thefts has been estimated at about $600, he said.

Gerace said the “till-tap” thefts and the armed robbery probably were not related because suspect descriptions were different. However, Gerace said the two “till-tap” thieves might be the same person because the descriptions are so close.

The suspect allegedly involved in a theft at 7-Eleven, 1026 W. Hillcrest Drive, July 17 was described as being in his mid-20s, about 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, 175 pounds, with an athletic build, a police report stated. He has black, short hair, brown eyes and a two-to-three-day beard growth, the report stated.

The suspect allegedly involved in a theft July 20 at Checker Oil Station, 1101 N. First St., has been described as in his mid-20s, about 6 feet 3 inches tall, 175 pounds, with a medium build. He also has brown eyes and black hair, the report stated.

Gerace said other DeKalb businesses which have been victims of “till-tap” thefts include Minuteman Gas and Pantry, 125 N. Annie Glidden Road; White Hen Pantry, 802 S. Fourth St.; Ralph’s News Stand and Trophy House, 664 E. Linclon Hwy.; Barnaby’s Printing and Office Supplies, 1620 DeKalb Ave. and Lehan’s Drugs, 909 S. Fourth St.