Police say series of robberies may be related

Police are warning about a series of robberies in Carbondale in the last two weeks that may be related.

City Police and SIU Police are teaming up to highlight the crimes, which have happened between South University Avenue and South Beveridge Street and West Cherry and West College Streets. This neighborhood is home to a lot of SIU students, but there are also many homeowners, businesses and churches here.

The first was back on January 7. Two of the three robberies happened during the late evening and early morning hours. The other happened at 8:00 a.m.

During two of the robberies, witnesses tell police the suspect pulled out a handgun. He’s described as a black male, 18 -24 years old, about 5’8” tall, with a thin build, weighing around 150 to 160 pounds. They say he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

Police have not confirmed the robberies are related, but say it is very possible they are.

They’re reminding people who live in that area to be aware of your surroundings when walking at night, regardless of your location. If walking at night, try walking with a group of people and stay alert and vigilant as it relates to your surroundings. If you believe you are being followed, immediately dial 911. Police have ramped up patrols in the area and are asking for the public’s help in reporting suspicious activity.

If you have any information, contact Carbondale Police at 618-457-3200, the SIU Police Department at 618-453-3771, or Crime Stoppers at 618-549-COPS (2677).

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