Advance America in Springfield Robbed At Gunpoint

Advance America in Springfield Robbed At Gunpoint Friday Afternoon

UPDATE Thursday January 24, 2013
By Correspondent Jim Ball

Springfield Police Make Arrest In Advance America Robbery

Wednesday, John Robert Ellis, Jr. was arrested for aggravated robbery for the Advance America Cash Advance robbery reported 01-18-2013. “The investigation is still on-going” said Springfield’s Police Chief David Thompson. Look for more later on.

Smokey has also confirmed that Ellis bought a car at Panchos Used Cars the day after the robbery. After that  Ellis also bought accessories from at least one local auto parts store and was working on the car at the time of the arrest according to Springfield Police Chief David Thompson.

January 18,2013

About 1:45pm Friday Afternoon January 18, 2013 the Advance America on Memorial Blvd. in Springfield was robbed at gunpoint by a man wearing a mask brandishing a small black handgun. The suspect was described as an African American Male wearing a beige hoodie  and carrying an Reddish-orange bag. He may have been driving a brown trailblazer heading toward Bill Jones Industrial. Officials are not sure how much money was taken at this time.

Anyone with information, call Crime stoppers at: 615 382-3799. All information is anonymous and Crime stoppers will pay up to $1000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case.


Police Officers raided an apartment in the 1700 building of The Legacy Apartments at around 3:45PM Friday in connection to the robbery at Advance America earlier today. The suspect they were looking for was not found at the apartment however  police did tow a vehicle similar to one that may have been used in the robbery. 

Jim Ball reporting January 18,2013

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  1. Andrew Bender January 18, 2013