Clothing thieves shoot at workers

Update: 5:00 pm, 4/27/17, Thursday 

EFFINGHAM -- Two men from Nebraska are being held in Missouri for an armed robbery at a local business.

Allen McCray, 19, and Victor Linton, 23, were arrested in Missouri, Friday, about 12:45 am, when police responded to a report of shots fired.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigations, with detectives from Effingham County Sheriff's Office, determined the men were responsible for the theft at Prime Sole, on April 19.

During that crime, the suspects stole items from the store and shot at employees when they were asked to return the items.

Each is charged with four felonies: armed violence, armed robbery, aggravated discharge of a firearm and burglary. Bond, for each, is set at $750,000.

Authorities say the crime was an "isolated incident" and they're confident the men were working alone. They credit the ease of communication with other law enforcement agencies for a quick resolution to the crime.

Original: 10:45 am, 4/20/17, Thursday

EFFINGHAM -- Authorities have issued a "be on the lookout," or BOLO, for two suspects involved in an armed robbery. It happened about 1:40 pm, Wednesday, at Prime Sole, in the 1700-block of the Avenue of Mid America.

The suspects entered the store, grabbed merchandise and, when asked to return the items, pulled a handgun and fired at employees.

The suspects are described as men, black. One is dark-complected with long dreadlocks. He wore a white t-shirt.

The other suspect has short hair, is in his mid-20's and wore a royal blue Kansas City Royals jacket.

The suspects fled the scene in a newer model, silver Hyundai Santa Fe, with Kansas license plates.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers or police.

Effingham County Crime Stoppers
(217) 347 - 6583
 
Effingham Police
(217) 347 - 0771
Sgt. Detective Ebbert

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