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“Not good:” Armed robbery suspects hid in ceiling tiles in convenience store bathroom for nearly 2 hours

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police are asking for the public’s help identifying two suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery at Station on the Park on Layton Boulevard. Police say they hid in a bathroom for nearly two hours prior to the robbery.

It happened around 12:10 a.m. on December 23rd -- in Kathy Lessley's neighborhood near Layton and National. She said though "it's not right," the crime didn't surprise her.

"Not in this neighborhood, no. It's not good," Lessley said.

According to police, around 10:40 p.m., Suspect #1 entered the gas station and went into a restroom where he hid until emerging around 12:10 a.m. The suspect then robbed the cashier at gunpoint and stole money.

The investigation revealed that a second suspect had entered the restroom between 10:40 p.m. and 12:10 a.m. and hid above the restroom’s ceiling tiles. After the robbery, both suspects fled from the store on foot.

Suspect #1 is described as a black man, between the ages of 25 and 35, standing 6’ tall and weighing 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a navy blue and white baseball cap, dark glasses, a black coat, black pants, black shoes and black cotton gloves.

Suspect #2 is described as a black man, standing 5’10” tall and weighing 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red jacket over a navy blue hooded sweatshirt.

Neighbors said they depend on this convenience store and its owners.

"I feel really bad for the owners because I come here a lot and they are really nice people. Nicer than any of these other gas stations around here. You're going to get caught and I hope you guys get the maximum penalty for it," Lessley said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Milwaukee police at 414-935-7360.

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