UPDATE @ 1:10 p.m., Aug. 14:
Once the Walmart cashier opened the cash drawer to give the suspect his change, he flashed a large knife he had concealed in his coat. He demanded money from the register, according to the incident report.
The suspect is Caucasian or possibly Indian/Middle Eastern in his 30s or 40s, police said.
He was picked up outside the store in a gold or champagne colored late 90s model Honda or Mazda sedan, which had a dent in its driver side and a sunroof and spoiler, police said.
Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Springfield police at 937-324-7716.
UPDATE @ 11:40 a.m., Aug. 14:
Springfield police released surveillance video and asked that anyone who recognizes the suspect to call police at (937) 324-7716.
The suspect showed a knife and left the store. A gold or champagne colored late 90s model sedan picked him up.
Aug. 12 coverage:
UPDATE @ 10:43 p.m.: Police are looking for a knife-wielding man who made off with cash from the Springfield Walmart.
According to Springfield Sgt. Baynak, the suspect put down two dollars while in a checkout line for a can of soda he was carrying.
He then brandished a knife. The cashier gave the man cash and he took off running straight through the parking lot.
Police aren't sure whether he ran to a vehicle or just continued to run, the sergeant said.
Police said the suspect looked to be in his 30s and possibly of Middle Eastern descent, the sergeant said.
There were customers in the store at the time of the incident. No one was injured.
FIRST TAKE: Police are investigating a report that someone pulled a knife on a cashier at the Walmart on North Bechtle Avenue on Tuesday night.
The incident at the supercenter, 2100 N. Bechtle Ave., was reported at about 9:30 p.m.
A Springfield police lieutenant tell us officers are at the store and they are searching for a suspect. There are no reports of injuries.
A person brought to the phone, who identified herself as a manager, declined comment.
We have a crew en route. We will update this developing story as we get details.
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