Gun stolen in Lebanon Hill armed robbery

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Restaurant break-in also reported in Springfield

By Brandon Mattingly

An armed robbery at 158 Lebanon Hill Road was reported at 10:55 p.m. on Nov. 18, according to a report issued by the Springfield Police Department.

Officer Daniel Baker responded to the scene and was informed that two men broke in by busting through the locked front door. According to the report, the unidentified intruders were each armed with handguns and repeatedly asked the homeowners—James I. Sallee and Eelyn R. Sallee—for money, while making their way to an unlocked gun safe.

The offenders took a U.S. Army-issued 1911 Colt .45 handgun from the safe—owned by James I. Sallee, Jr.—valued at $1,500. The gun was stored in a brown flap holster at the time it was stolen.

According to the report, the suspects fled in a white four-door car, which Baker was unable to locate. The offenders, who the homeowners said were strangers, were reportedly one white male and one black male.

Offenses stemming from the incident include first-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault (minor injury), third-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree wanton endangerment and theft by unlawful taking or disposition of a firearm.

Restaurant break-in
A break-in was also reported at China King restaurant late last month. Officer Michael Cotton is investigating an incident that occurred between 11 p.m. on Nov. 22 and 10 a.m. the following morning.

According to the police report, Kunming Lin reported the incident after discovering the lock to the front door had been pried open with a crowbar.

The culprits took between $30 and $40 in pennies and nickels in the break-in. According to the report, there are no currently no suspects; however, it was noted that Rite Aid nearby has been undergoing construction late at night. Cotton also mentioned in the report that he spoke with Rite Aid employees about the incident.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to contact the Springfield Police Department at (859) 336-5450.