Police investigating armed robberies

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
May 1, 2010
— Walworth County authorities continued Friday investigating two Thursday robberies.

In both crimes, a man threatened a clerk with a knife and demanded cash from a local business.

Delavan Police Chief Tim O’Neill said Friday it wasn’t clear if the two crimes were committed by the same perpetrator.

“What I can tell you is that we’re working closely with the Elkhorn Police Department as far as these two cases are concerned,” O’Neill said.

The first robbery was reported about 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Elkhorn BP gas station, 195 E. Commerce Drive, near Highway 67 and Interstate 43, according to the Elkhorn Police Department.

The second robbery was about 8:30 p.m. Thursday at China One restaurant, 1807 E. Geneva St., in the Delavan Crossings mall near Highway 50 and I-43.

Witnesses in Delavan gave a physical description of the robber similar to the man described by witnesses from the Elkhorn robbery. The only difference was the getaway vehicles. In Delavan, the robber fled in a newer, red Dodge Ram pickup truck. The robber in Elkhorn fled in what appeared to be a black Pontiac Grand Prix.

In both cases, the robber was described as a white man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 230 to 250 lbs. The robber in both cases wore a dark cap, black long-sleeved jacket or sweatshirts and blue jeans.

To help

The Delavan Police Department is asking anyone with information about Thursday’s robbery at China One restaurant to call (262) 728-6311.

Elkhorn police asked people with information about Thursday’s robbery at the Elkhorn BP gas station to call (262) 723-2210.

Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling Walworth County Crime Stoppers at (262) 723-2677. Crime Stoppers tips leading to an arrest may qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.

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