Alton Police are investigating the armed robbery of the Casey's General Store in the 2500 block of Broadway in Alton. The store was reportedly held up by a man with a hatchet just before 11am Saturday. Witnesses viewed a large police presence in the area following the incident with officers from East Alton, Wood River, and the Illinois State Police assisting Alton Police.
K-9 units were called in to help track the suspect after he fled on foot, but lost the trail after a brief search. The man is described as a white male in his early 20's, who fled the scene on foot to the west. He was wearing a green coat and had a scarf over his face during the incident. No employees were injured. Police say they have surveillance video of the man, but have not released any images and are following up on leads in the case.