Tuesday, February 02, 2010
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Armed robbery reported

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[February 02, 2010]  An armed robbery was reported at approximately 6:27 a.m. Tuesday by an individual in the parking lot at Beck Oil, 1010 Heitmann Drive. Lincoln Police Department officers responded and met with the victim in the parking lot. The victim reported that he was near his vehicle on the lot when two white males approached him and demanded money.

The victim said that he observed the barrel of a handgun protruding from the coat of an individual described as a white male, thin to medium build, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9, with a light-colored mustache and facial hair on his chin. The suspects were wearing blue jeans and dark jackets. The suspect with the gun had a jacket with a hood. The other suspect had a similar description; however, the victim was focused on the man with the gun.

Lincoln police officers, Logan County sheriff’s deputies and Illinois State Police officers blanketed the area. A Lincoln Police Department canine and an Illinois State Police canine were used in a large land search north and east of the incident site. Additional Lincoln police officers were called in and deployed in the area. The Logan County Emergency Management Agency supplied an all-terrain vehicle and transported other ATVs to the scene.

Schools in the area were notified. A thorough ground search of the Allison Lake area and properties to the east was conducted. Interstate 55 was monitored for vehicles stopping in this area.

Interviews of other people in the area at the time of the incident were completed and all video surveillance in the area was reviewed by Lincoln Police Department detectives.

The canine and ground search did not reveal any indication of anyone having been in the areas searched. The Lincoln Police Department cannot verify or refute that this incident occurred as reported. LPD will continue extra patrols in the area as a precautionary measure.

Anyone having any information regarding this matter should immediately contact the Lincoln Police Department at 217-732-2151.

[Text from file received from the Lincoln Police Department]

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