Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014
Armed Robbery at Murphysboro Gas Station
MURPHYSBORO -- Police are looking for a masked robber who held up a local gas station at gunpoint.
The robbery at the Amstar Gas Station happened around 9:19 p.m. on Monday night. No one was hurt, but the thief got away with cash and merchandise.
Surveillance video captured the crime. A person is seen wearing a mask and walking into the Amstar store on Walnut Street. The suspect holds the clerk at gunpoint and demands that he hand over the money in the register. The robber then piles store items into a bag, before running away.
Murphysboro Police are now searching for that suspect.
The case doesn't shock nearby homeowner Ruth Carpenter.
"Fights break out, sirens going of all hours of the day and night," said Carpenter. "Seems to be a lot of activity here."
Six years ago, Carpenter and her husband fell in love with a house off of 19th Street.
"It's a beautiful old home," said Carpenter. "It was built in 1893."
As time passed, Carpenter feels the crime in the neighborhood seemed to get worse. She also began to notice disturbing things.
"I was looking out my window one day and there was a group of young men walking by," said Carpenter. "One raised his shirt to wipe the sweat off his face and in the back of his pants he had a gun."
This summer, she and her husband moved away to a spot in Carbondale. However, the plan to quickly sell their house stalled just a couple weeks later. That's when Carpenter got a call from her realtor.
Copper thieves had broken into the house. They tore out the pipes and pieces of the heating system. The theft caused $13,000 worth of damage.
"I was very discouraged," said Carpenter.
Carpenter believes the thieves broke in three times. She says she called police and filed reports on each of the thefts. She hopes this latest criminal is caught, even if her family isn't coming back.
"We just wanted to get out in the country and get away from that," said Carpenter. "Live a more peaceful life. "
If you have any information on the armed robbery at Amstar, contact the Murphysboro Police. You can call 618-684-2121 or email at email@example.com.
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