Wilmington police are still searching for a suspect in the robbery of the Family Dollar store at 696 Baltimore St. Police were dispatched Tuesday, Jan. 28, shortly after 8:30 p.m.
According to Detective Matt Kiebles of the Wilmington Police Department, two of the store's employees were closing out cash register drawers in preparation for the 9 p.m. closing, and one customer was still shopping, when the suspect entered.
The 6-foot tall white male was wearing a black zip-front hoodie, camouflaged face mask, gloves, jeans and a work boot type of footwear. He implied he had a weapon, and demanded that the employees put the money they were counting into a bag.
The robber took the cash, in a Family Dollar shopping bag, and left the store on foot, heading past the car lot at the corner of Baltimore and School Street. Patrons standing outside the VFW Post 5422 saw a man run past them down Third Street and around the back of the building, where a shoveled path leads to an apartment complex in the 600 block of Meadowwood Lane.
"Its obvious he went to that parking lot," Detective Kiebles said. A police canine supplied by the Plainfield Police Department tracked the suspect to that parking lot, where the animal lost the scent. The suspect may have gotten into a vehicle at that location.
Wilmington police are still talking with residents of the surrounding neighborhood, and have some leads to follow up on, the detective said.
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Wilmington Police Department on its non-emergency number, 815-476-2813.
Wilmington police were assisted by law enforcement officers from Braidwood, Elwood, the Illinois State Police District 5, the Will County Sheriff's Department and the Plainfield Police Department canine unit.