Three armed robberies in three days in Oak Park

At least two of the incidents may be connected

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police have reported three armed robberies between Feb.12 and 14 in Oak Park – all three were committed by offenders wearing black ski masks.

Police believe that two of the robberies – both involving two people in a white car – may have been committed by the same offenders. Both robberies took place on Feb. 14.

An Oak Park woman was robbed by two men, one she believed was armed with a handgun, at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, in the 400 block of Wisconsin Avenue.

The 33-year-old woman told police she was in the middle of a video call on her cell phone and about to enter the courtyard of her apartment building, when she was approached by two men wearing masks.

The woman believes one had a handgun, prompting her to drop her purse and keys and retreat to the courtyard.

The offenders picked up the purse and then got into a small, white car and headed north on Wisconsin Avenue. Both wore black hooded sweatshirts and black pants.

Police believe robbery might have been committed by the same two people who robbed a man at gunpoint on the same day at 9:15 p.m. at the intersection of Randolph Street and Harvey Avenue.

That incident also involved a small, white car, possibly a Toyota. The two offenders also wore ski masks, although in that incident they were described as a man and a woman.

The 31-year-old male victim was walking westbound on Randolph Street when the two offenders pulled up to the curb and exited the vehicle. The female offender pointed a gun at the victim, police said, while her partner took the victim's cell phone and wallet from his pockets. The two then got back in their car and fled eastbound on Randolph.

The woman was described as black, 19 to 25 years old, with a thin build. She wore a long, dark T-shirt or skirt and black leggings.

The man was described as black, 21 to 26 years old, with a muscular build and wearing a dark jacket and dark pants.

Two days prior, on Feb. 12 at 8:10 p.m., two men wearing ski masks robbed a woman in the 900 block of Lake Street.

The two offenders pulled up in an older model black Oldsmobile sedan, possibly with a gray top, as the victim was walked along Lake Street. The men exited the vehicle and one displayed a handgun. They demanded her belongings, and the victim complied, handing over her purse and cell phone.

The two offenders, who wore dark-colored hoodies and dark pants, then got back in their car and headed eastbound on Lake Street and then and northbound on Kenilworth Avenue.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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Alice Wellington  

Posted: February 22nd, 2018 7:04 PM

Surprise, surprise. "Sheriff Tom Dart says hundreds more accused gun offenders have been released from Cook County Jail on electronic bracelets in recent months as a result of attempts at bond reform, raising public safety concerns." http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-gun-offenders-electronic-monitoring-sheriff-dart-20180222-story.html#nt=oft02a-1li3

Shonetta Lyles from Forest Park  

Posted: February 15th, 2018 5:57 PM

This is a shame . First carjackings now this. These robbers are going to get themselves seriously hurt trying to hurt others. They really need to stop. They deserve to be thrown at in jail.

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