UPDATE: Arrest Made In Thursday Night Robbery at Mobil Central

UPDATE: December 23, 2017 – 2:01 p.m.

Freeport Police have issued a press release stating that an arrest has been made in a robbery that occurred at the Mobil gas station located at 1111 S. West Avenue in Freeport.

According to the Freeport Police, on December 21st, 2017 at approximately 8:15pm, officers responded to a call of a robbery that just occurred at the Mobil gas station located at 1111 S. West Avenue. The cashier who was working at the gas station at the time provided responding officers with a general description of the offender, but officers were not able to locate the suspect in the area.

It was reported that the offender took an undisclosed amount of United States Currency from the cash register before fleeing from the area on foot.

The offender was not able to be identified at the time due to having his face covered when the crime was committed.

On December 22nd at approximately 4:50pm, Freeport Police Officers and Detectives acting on information from a citizen, went to a home in the 600 block of N. Turner Avenue in Freeport where Jess Filson was detained without incident. The ensuing investigation resulted in felony charges being filed against Jess Filson for the December 21st robbery of the Mobil gas station, and Filson was subsequently lodged at the Stephenson County Jail.

Jess Filson, age 26, of Freeport was arrested for charges relating to the robbery at the Mobil gas station.


The Freeport Police Department says they would like to express thir sincere gratitude and appreciation for the citizen who came forward with information on this case.

“This is a great example of how crimes can be solved when the general public and the police work together.”

* Any person depicted in this press release is presumed innocent by the court until proven guilty in a court of law.*


Count #1: Robbery (Class 2 felony)
Count #2: Theft with a Prior Conviction (Class 4 felony)

*Bond has been set at $75,000 – 10 % applies*

arrest made of mobil gas robbery from dec 21 2017



Freeport, Illinois — We’ve received numerous reports of an alleged incident said to have taken place at the Mobil Central by Freeport High School this past Thursday evening.

Reports of the Mobil gas station being robbed came in from numerous sources, along with reports of police activity by Circle K located on Galena and West.

On December 21 at 8:37 pm one person stated, “Someone just robbed Mobil”. Another at 8:42 pm said, “Bunch of police presence at Mobil Central and all the lights are turned down”.

At or around that same time others also noticed a police presence at the Circle K.

“There was a huge police presence at the Circle K as well. We drove past as quickly as possible”, one person said. Another said they noticed 4 squad cars with their lights going by Circle K.

While we don’t have a lot of details at this time relating to either incident, the Mobil gas station by Freeport High School has seen numerous incidents the past year.

Just recently in September of 2017, one person masking his face with a cloth robbed the Mobil gas station located by the High School.

We will update this story with additional details as we get them. Please be alert, aware and stay safe when out and about.


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