Jiffy Lube in Oak Park robbed at gunpoint

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By Jean Lotus

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police said a Jiffy Lube in the 6800 block of North Avenue was robbed in the early morning of March 28. According to reports, a man entered the shop around 8:25 a.m. and confronted the manager.

He allegedly withdrew a black semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and demanded money. The victim complied, handing over cash. The man allegedly fled on foot northbound into Chicago, according to police. Estimated loss was $120.

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Alderman Lined Pockets from Chicago  

Posted: April 1st, 2013 4:07 PM

Didn't anyone tell this young man there is a gun control law against armed robbery? For shame!

Spellcheck from Oak park  

Posted: April 1st, 2013 3:58 PM

*Borders.

Oak Parker  

Posted: March 30th, 2013 2:52 PM

@Chris, while your objective is correct, you are sadly misinformed. I am a democrat, but I applaud the efforts Sen. Kirk has taken in the gun control issue. The man is a republican yet he has crossed party lines to push for reform on high capacity/assallt weapons. He is an excellent senator.

OP Resident  

Posted: March 30th, 2013 12:00 PM

Heroin is a concern, but it's something that equally affects every suburb now, not just the inner ring suburbs. Violent crimes like robberies and assaults here are a lot more worrisome to me as they indicate a continuing trend of violent crime that spills over our boarders. We know the majority of criminals are from just outside our boarders, and it seems like nothing will change until the village honestly addresses this fact.

Violet Aura  

Posted: March 30th, 2013 10:50 AM

Thanks for telling us the color of the firearm! Heaven forbid we have any physical description of a dangerous thief on the loose!

Nice community we have here from OP  

Posted: March 30th, 2013 8:26 AM

See what years of VMA leadership has gotten us? They just pretend that crime doesn't happen here. What robberies? What heroin? But, the streets are paved with bricks and the elementary schools have iPads! Pay no attention to reality, the VMA has spoken!!

OP parent  

Posted: March 29th, 2013 9:17 PM

Armed robber runs to Chicago. Gee, that's surprising. Maybe it's time to hire more police and post them at the boarder of every major street. These thugs come here to rob and assault because they know they can get away with it. Maybe it's time the government of our highly taxed community takes action to make these thugs think twice, and protect our residents. Do we pay high taxes to be terrorised by these thugs? This is not good enough.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: March 29th, 2013 7:54 PM

the problem here isn't the law. In the commission of this robbery both the robber and whomever he got the gun from likely committed several felonies. The problem is that Cook County is completely ineffective at prosecuting these crimes. If laws were passed so that we add one more felony or even three more, it still doesn't not matter until we start appropriately punishing people who possess or use a firearm illegally. The only thing it does is make it more difficult for the legal gun owner.

Chris from Oak Park  

Posted: March 29th, 2013 3:33 PM

Wasn't a 14-yr-old shot on North Av earlier this week, on the sidewalk in broad daylight? I have had it. I've been a supporter of Moms Demand Action local Chicago chapter but I need to step it up, call Sen.Kirk more. I think he doesn't do enough about gun regulations. Why do we just accept this status quo, this system where illegal guns are funneled into Chicago and so easy to buy just outside our area? "More guns" for protection is not the answer!! I am glad to hear Jiffy employee was unhurt!

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