Police investigate Urbana armed robbery

By Daily Illini Staff Report

An armed robbery was reported around 4 a.m. Sunday at a gas station in the 1800 block of Philo Road in Urbana.

The offender pointed a silver semi-automatic handgun, which he held in his left hand, at a clerk and demanded money and cigarettes, according to a press release from the Urbana Police Department.

Prior to the offender entering the gas station, a female came in and was possibly casing the store.

The offender is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a navy blue hoodie, black pants, black shoes, a black backpack and a full coverage costume feminine face mask with an exaggerated smile.

On Oct. 27, the same female entered the same gas station prior to another armed robbery by a similar offender. The offender is the same build, left-handed and wore a different mask in the previous robbery.

Urbana Police Sgt. Dan Morgan said that although the suspects’ identities are still unknown, it is a possibility both robberies were committed by the same offender. 

The female is a juvenile and has been identified and interviewed, but was uncooperative.

Jessica Ramos and Miranda Holloway contributed to the report.