Murphysboro Hit with 2 Crimes Saturday Night

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By Stephanie Tyrpak
By Randy Livingston

JACKSON CO. -- Two crimes in Murphysboro had authorities on the move this weekend.  Both happened Saturday night within 20 minutes of each other. The first was at the Murphysboro Walmart on Country Club Road, and the second was at a home on the south side of town.

Police are now hoping someone with information about the crimes will give them a call.
 
Around 10:11 p.m. on Saturday, a man is seen walking into the Walmart in Murphysboro and up to a counter. He's wearing a jacket and a hat and in a store with other shoppers and staff.
 
"Inferred that he had a weapon and then demanded money," said Murphysboro Police Chief Brian Hollo. "So the service clerk did as he should and gave him an unspecified amount. We still don't know what amount yet."
 
The man then leaves with the money, without anyone getting hurt or actually showing a gun.
     
"His clothing is very distinctive," said Hollo. "If anyone knows him, we'd surely like the tip, and we'll act on it as quickly as possible."
 
Hollo says investigators are now combing through and collecting evidence from the reported aggravated robbery. One benefit to Wal-Mart is an abundance of cameras.
 
"Absolutely concerns us," said Hollo. "Fortunately, there's a lot video there."
 
Local businesses and residents feel like the city has been a hot spot for crime recently. However, it won't keep Murphysboro resident Richard Tillitt away from shopping.
 
"Not at all, not at all," said Tillitt. "So it's just one of those things, I think, it seems like they're picking on Murphysboro a little bit though."
 
Dorothy Lillard is frustrated that someone would steal and scare a Walmart employee.
 
"You know you're working and paying your bills and stuff," said Lillard. "And you don't want anyone taking from you."
 
After break-ins and bank robberies earlier this year, she's no longer surprised at what a person might do.
 
"I wouldn't think nobody would go in there at that time of day," said Lillard. "But these people will do anything, anytime, they don't care. Day or night, they don't care anymore."
 
Police are also looking for four people responsible for a home break-in. They were called to the corner of 20th and Shomaker Streets just after 10:30 Saturday night. 
 
One person suffered minor injuries. The victim told police four masked intruders had entered his home armed with handguns.
     
If you have any information on either crime, contact the Murphysboro Police at (618) 684-2121.
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