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Morris police investigating a burglary, attempted robbery

Officials believe incidents are likely unrelated

Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 9:34 p.m. CST

MORRIS – Authorities are investigating the burglary of one local business and the attempted robbery of another in Morris last week, but officials believe the incidents are likely unrelated.

An undisclosed amount of money was stolen from Angelina’s Nail Salon in Morris Thursday evening or Friday morning when a burglar appears to have broken through a window and stolen cash from the register.

When exactly the incident occurred is still unclear. Police were not notified of the break-in until Friday morning when a passerby noticed the broken windows, according to Morris Police Deputy Chief John Severson.

Angelina’s is at 1465 N. Division St. Morris, about one mile north of the Citgo gas station which was the site of an attempted robbery happened at 9:20 p.m. Thursday evening.

According to Morris police, a masked male entered the Citgo station claiming to have a weapon and demanding cash. The masked male left in the middle of the altercation with no money from the gas station.

The suspect left on foot from the gas station.

Although the two incidents happened around the same time, Morris police do not believe at this time that the attempted robbery and burglary are related.

“We can’t put the two together. We have no reason to believe the same person was involved, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve ruled it out completely,” Severson said Monday.

Police are working to obtain surveillance video to aid in their investigations. According to Severson, each business claims to have surveillance video of their respective business.

Severson said police have leads they are investigating, but no suspects have been named in either incident.

Morris police are asking anyone with information on this incident to call 815-942-2131.

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