BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Multiple reports of businesses throughout Bloomington-Normal being broken into late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
1:45 a.m. — Heavy police presence at Monster Pawn on Main Street. The door was completely shattered. No confirmation if anything was stolen.
The pawnshop store owner looked distraught as he cleared shards of shattered glass while talking to police about what happens next.
1:30 a.m. — Check into Cash in Bloomington, located at 2300 E Washington was broken into Tuesday morning. The owner told WMBD she got a call from the security company just before 11:30 p.m. She said a computer monitor was stolen and the place was ransacked.
She also added they tried to take the safe, but it was too heavy to carry.
1:22 a.m. — Law enforcement confirms break-in at Rent-A-Center in Bloomington on Brown Street. No confirmation if this was done by the rioters at Eastland Mall.
12:00 p.m.– Heavy police presence at Eastland Mall in Bloomington. Police said there are rioters at the mall. No confirmation if the stores were looted. Hundreds of people swarmed the parking lots at the mall. Eventually, they broke glass and entered the Kohl’s retail store.
That led to several people being detained as others fled.
There is no word on any other damage or any injuries at this time.