CHAMPAIGN — Two local gambling parlors have been hit by armed robbers. Both are Dotty’s Slots and Video Poker.
A lot of this type of business has been popping up lately and police say, unfortunately, they can be easy targets.
The business is already changing its security by locking doors at all times. Customers now have to be let into the business.
Since the start of April, police have responded to two armed robberies at gambling parlors.
“On April 9th, of this year, 2:10 am, a male suspect entered Dotty’s Slots.”
The first happened when the business was closing. The parlor is on South Mattis. The suspect was caught on surveillance video.
“The suspect brandished a handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of currency.”
Then, just this weekend, police responded to the Dotty’s on East Green Street for another armed robbery.
“These kinds of businesses, gas stations, it’s pretty quick and easy to get in and get out for these guys.”
This one happened in the middle of the day. Authorities believe the suspect is driving a 2007 blue Toyota Corolla. Officials say it’s important the public is aware of the incidents.
“If something doesn’t seem right, then listen to your gut instinct and call us.”
Both suspects got away with cash. Police say the suspect’s car is a stolen vehicle which has been seen in multiple locations. They say it was seen Monday, in Naperville, where it was carjacked by an armed suspect.
Later that afternoon, it was outside Dotty’s on Green Street. A few hours later, it was near a bank in Savoy and finally a bank on South Prospect, about 3 pm. If you see the vehicle, call police immediately and don’t approach the driver.
The suspect is described as a man, black, late teens-to-early 20’s, 5’8″, with a thin build. He was wearing light blue jeans, black tennis shoes, a black shirt and black mask.
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