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Circle K stores robbed over weekend

BY Brian Powers - bpowers@chronicle-tribune.com

Two Circle K convenience stores were robbed of cash and cigarettes over the weekend.

The first, located at 1707 W. Kem Road, occurred at 11:43 p.m., Saturday night, according to Marion Police Department Deputy Chief Stephen Dorsey.

In the first robbery, a suspect described as a black male wearing dark clothing, a mask over his face and gloves entered the building through an east-facing door.

“The attendant said the suspect grabbed her by the back of the shirt and ordered her to the register,” Dorsey said.

The woman, identified as Terry Montgomery, 58, of Marion, reported the man ordered her to do as he told or she would be shot, but there is no indication of her seeing a firearm.

According to Dorsey, the suspect ordered Montgomery to the ground and took an undisclosed amount of cash as well as cigarettes, leaving Montgomery unharmed.

The second incident occurred at 2:41 a.m., Sunday, at the 3245 S. Washington St. Circle K location. Dorsey stated Willard Hill, 56, Marion, was on duty when the suspect entered and went behind the counter with a long, pipe-like object.

The suspect, described as a black male with a thin build and standing approximately 6 feet tall, was wearing a mask over his face, gloves, a long purple jacket with black trim and black tennis shoes.

Dorsey said Hill reported the suspect ordered him to open the cash register and, upon informing him he could not, struck him repeatedly with the object. Hill reported attempting to call emergency service personnel during the attack.

“The suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash and 17 packs of Marlboro cigarettes,” Dorsey said.

Hill was transported to Marion General Hospital, where he gave his statement. According to Dorsey, Hill sustained noticeable welts on his back from being hit, but his status of release was unknown.

Dorsey also confirmed MPD’s possession of video surveillance from both incidents but is unsure of a clear connection between the two robberies. Dorsey urged anyone with information regarding one or both of the robberies contact MPD officials or CrimeStoppers to aid in the active and ongoing investigations.