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A Carbondale Police patrol car sits in the parking lot of the Public Safety Center in 2012.

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CARBONDALE — Police are investigating after another armed robbery at a business early Friday morning — at least the eighth to occur since late July.

According to a news release from Lt. Paul Edwards with the Carbondale Police Department, officers responded at 12:32 a.m. to a business in the 1900 block of South Illinois Avenue, near the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and South Illinois Avenue.

Officers learned that two suspects entered the business — police did not identify the business — and demanded money, and one suspect displayed a firearm. That suspect, who police said is believed to be a black male, was wearing a Halloween mask, a hooded black coat, blue jeans and dark footwear; he was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and was of "average build." The other suspect, who police said is also believed to be a black male, also wore a Halloween mask and a black coat, black jeans and dark footwear; he is about 6 feet tall and "had an average build."

The suspects left the business westbound on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and merchandise, the release said. No one was injured.

Since late July, at least seven other armed robberies have occurred in Carbondale and Herrin by suspects in Halloween masks with similar descriptions to those involved in the Friday morning robbery. Carbondale Police did not say whether this latest robbery is connected to the others.

The Friday morning incident is at least the eighth armed robbery within the past three months in which the suspects wore Halloween masks. The cities of Carbondale and Herrin announced in a news release last week that they are offering a $3,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the suspects in the previous robberies, which police are investigating as connected.

Anyone with information about the most recent incident is encouraged to contact the Carbondale Police Department at 618-457-3500 or Crime Stoppers at 618-549-2677.

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