Oak Park police are investigating the second armed robbery of the 7-Eleven store at 240 Chicago Ave. in just more than a week.
At about 6 a.m. today, two men in ski masks burst into the store, according to police reports. One of the men displayed a black semi-automatic pistol and demanded a clerk turn over money from the cash register. After getting $300, the pair fled.
Detective Cmdr. Len Jorgenson would not give any other details, but did say investigators don’t believe this morning’s robbery was related to a March 24 robbery of the same store.
“It doesn’t appear to be the same guys,” he said. “In fact, we’re operating on the assumption they’re not the same guys.”
Just after 9 p.m. March 24, a man estimated to be 18 to 20 years old entered the store and approached the clerk with his right arm extended and his sleeve pulled over his hand, implying a gun. He grabbed $250 cash from the register and ran from the store.
Jorgenson said the March 24 robbery was likely related to the robbery of a beauty supply business at 6039 North Ave. two nights later. In that incident, two men in their late teens or early 20s entered the business. As one stood lookout by the door, the other walked to the register with his right arm extended and his hand covered by his sleeve, and threatened to shoot the clerk if she didn’t cooperate. He then grabbed $290 cash and the two ran out of the store.