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Man charged in Morris Cash Store robbery

Morris Police charged a man currently in Stateville in connection with the March robbery of the Cash Store.

Fernando Zavala, currently in Stateville Correctional Center on unrelated charges, was charged with 1 count of robbery, a class 2 felony, and 1 with 1 count of theft, a Class 3 felony.

At 10:39 a.m. on March 31 Morris police officers were called to the Cash Store at 281 E. US Route 6, for a robbery that had just occurred, according to the Morris Police Facebook page.

"Employees advised a male subject entered the store and went to the cashier's area behind the counter and demanded their money," the post read. "He did not display a weapon, but had his hand in a pocket. He implied he would hurt them if they did not comply."

Morris police obtained surveillance video of the incident, but the man had hidden his face.

"We posted what photos we had on Facebook and sent them out to other law enforcement agencies," according to the post. "At that time we were unable to identify the suspect."

On July 2, Morris police received a general bulletin from the Munster Police Department advising there had been a robbery of a loan store there. The bulletin included surveillance photos and included that the suspect had been identified as Zavala.

"Morris detectives interviewed Zavala and he confessed to the Morris Cash Store robbery," the Facebook post read.

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