Suspect wanted for armed robbery in New Madrid County
KEWANEE, Mo. -- Police are searching for a man wanted in an armed robbery early Sunday at a New Madrid County business.
According to New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens, on Sunday deputies were dispatched to BJ's Travel Center located at 500 State Highway P in Kewanee for a report of an armed robbery.
"Investigators learned a male entered the store at about 4:54 a.m. and approached the cashier," Stevens said in a news release. "The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cash registers. After opening the cash registers, the cashier went to the kitchen to warn another employee of the robbery."
Both employees then attempted to hide in the cooler for safety, the sheriff said. The suspect entered the cooler as the employees were closing the door and pointed the handgun at the employees, demanding the money bag.
"When told there was no money bag, the suspect then left the store with the money from the cash registers," Stevens said.
The suspect is described as a black male wearing a black hoodie, black tennis shoes, a mask and jeans which were light-colored around the knees with blue stars. The back pocket of the jeans were light red with a blue star. The suspect left in an undetermined vehicle with no known direction of travel.
Stevens asked anyone having any information regarding this robbery to call the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department at 573-748-2516 or Sgt. Troy Shelly at 573-748-0375. All tips may remain anonymous.