Two neighboring cities are investigating armed robberies that happened within hours of each other yesterday (Friday) morning. The first incident was on the Nautilus Fitness Center parking lot in Alton at about 3am, when the victim reports he was approached by an armed black man. The second incident was in Wood River around 10:30. No one was hurt in either incident.
Wood River Police are sharing a photo of the suspect, taken by surveillance cameras at the Laclede Community Credit Union (pictured). The masked suspect entered the building in the 200 block of Madison Avenue and displayed a handgun. After getting an undisclosed amount of money, police say he fled on foot down an alley behind the building. He is described as a 6 foot tall black male dressed in a mask, a gray hooded sweatshirt, and dark pants. Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call their respective police departments. The Alton Police Department can be reached at 463-3505, and the Wood River Police Department number is 251-3113.