DOLLAR GENERAL ROBBERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
On January 8, 2017 at 7:50 a.m. Momence Police Officers responded to a 911 call of a robbery that had just occurred at the Dollar General Store, 228 N. Dixie Highway in Momence. Arriving officers met with the store employee who described the offender as a male white, 6', thin build, wearing a gray and black fleece jacket, a black hood with a black facial cover, dirty white gloves, dark blue jeans and tennis shoes.
The offender approached the checkout counter and appeared to be purchasing an item, once the cash register was open, the offender lunge over the counter, gave orders to the cashier and then emptied the cash drawer before fleeing the store on foot.
Video surveillance in the store and in the area, shows the offender after shedding his gray and black fleece jacket and white gloves, fleeing eastbound across the 100 block of North Dixie Highway in a red sweatshirt with a black hood. The offender was last seen in the 100 block of East Washington Street on the south side of the street. The offenders gray and black fleece coat, white gloves, and other items of evidence were recovered by police nearby and secured as evidence.
The surveillance video can be seen on Facebook.
On January 8, 2017, Momence Police Officers arrested and charged a suspect related to the robbery that occurred at the Dollar General Store, 200 N. Dixie Highway at 7:50 a.m. on January 8, 2017.
Officers acting on information received during this investigation, as well as evidence recovered, identified the suspect who was taken into custody during a traffic stop at 2:26 p.m. in the City of Momence. As a result of this investigation a Search Warrant was obtained and subsequently executed at 12 N. Dixie Highway in Momence, where additional evidence was recovered.
Arrested and charged is: Michael E. Zielinski Jr., 33, of Momence. Zielinski is currently being detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center, where he has been charged with one count of Robbery, a Class 2 Felony. Zielinski is expected to attend a bond hearing on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.