Two businesses robbed at gunpoint on Chicago Ave.

Robbers hit convenience store, dry cleaner

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Two businesses within a few blocks of one another on Chicago Avenue were robbed at gunpoint on July 1 and 2, according to Oak Park police.

The Snow White Cleaner Depot, 40 Chicago Ave., was robbed on July 1 at 9:50 a.m. and the 7-Eleven convenience store, 240 Chicago Ave., was robbed at 10:30 p.m. the next day.

In the Snow White Cleaner robbery, a man approached an employee from behind and pointed a firearm at him.

The offender demanded money and the victim handed over an undetermined amount of cash from the register. The offender also stole an iPhone 6S and fled the business in an unknown direction.

The offender was described as a black male between the ages of 20 and 25, approximately 6-feet, 4-inches, with a thin build and wearing a short sleeve white T-shirt, blue jeans, a black ski mask and black gloves.

The 7-Eleven robbery involved two men, one of whom was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. The first offender jumped the counter and demanded the clerk open the register, while the second offender pointed the handgun at the clerk's chest.

The two made off with an undetermined amount of cash and fled the store in an unknown direction.

The offender who jumped the counter was described as a tall, thin black male wearing a white tank top, blue jeans and a black ski mask. The gunman was described as a black male of medium height and build, who wore a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled tight to conceal his face.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: August 15th, 2017 8:04 AM

@ Jason Cohen: I didnt see that last sentence about arresting the police. is part of the problemThat . Dont arrest the police, however instill a working environment in which every officer wants to come to work, will work their day supported by leadership and pride, and accept failure not as a failure but as a learning experience.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: August 15th, 2017 7:59 AM

@ Jason Cohen: I dont know if this is a cover up.Your second sentence is completely correct. You cant fight what you dont know.The amount of crime isnt the problem, the problem is what is the approach to crime. Integrity,safety,honesty are the factors that are important, not to me but to the innocent citizen who may be relying on the police for their safety. The amount of crime has no bearing on the approach to crime. Upper management offers percent decrease in crime as a safety aspect. The true standard for safety should be positive clearance rates which involves a cooperative effort between a branches of the police department. this has always been lacking.Uniform officers write paper and hand the case off to the detectives. This is a waste of effort and manpower.Scrap community policing in favor of the 1970s team policing approach. I write this not for you, but for the never ending parade of victims, in the past, present and future.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: August 15th, 2017 12:01 AM

@Brian, you really like to go deep down the police data coverup rabbit hole don't you. It's clear we won't be able to look at factual data because it simply doesn't exist which is handy because then you can really paint any narrative you want. I am sure crime has quadrupled and we don't know it because the data has all been manipulated. I suppose what's handy is that we can't really do anything about it since we can't arrest the police. Let's all go back to hating the new Albion building. That was more fun.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: August 14th, 2017 7:24 PM

@ Jason Cohen: Your first sentence is correct. Since insight or value can only be credited to residency in Oak Park, I will tell every village employee I meet for you to keep their minds and mouths shut and do their time. Their knowledge nor experience is not welcomed. Everything Oak Park does effects everyone, for instance under funded pension plans. Or uncaught murderers. As far as stirring the pot, as Henry Hill said in Goodfellas, make sure he stirs the pot so the meat sauce doesn't burn on the bottom. So here I go again stirring the pot and giving my opinion. Lets go to the OPPD offense report. An offense report is written by an officer to state the elements of the offense. Box 7 on the report is unique. The title is Incident Classification. Have you ever heard of anyone being arrested for the violation of Incident classification? And notice, the wording is singular. The officers are instructed to fill in one offense, the most serious, in this box, thereby cutting crime at the start.Yes, at the time of the offense all offenses may not be known.However , if the offenses are known, they are not stated or counted.. So lets say an arrest is made, and The arresting officer files an Arrest Report. On the Arrest report, box 1, again singular the title of this box is Charge at time of arrest. Box, I think 27, in the middle of the arrest report is a space for 5 additional charges. So how come one offense can generate 5 charges. Doesn't that mean that at the time of the offense/incident classification there were 5 offenses committed? This comes back to how, who and why is making the count. Pump and PIn. On the Arrest Report to right of the charged box 29, Felony Review. This is used when a PO contacts the ASA to obtain permission to charge a person with a felony. Again the offense report does not mandate that a police officer contact an ASA to ascertain if the offense is a felony. Again, how, who and why is making the decision on what to count and what basis.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: August 13th, 2017 3:25 PM

@Brian, anyone can post on here if they want to. That should be fairly obvious but what actual insight or value does someone have if they don't live in the community? Why do they even want to post on a forum like this if none of of this impacts them? I can tell you why because they are clearly on here to stir the pot and that's of no value. Now let's discuss your fun, somewhat difficult to follow, argument that the police in OP are cooking the books basically. You seem to be saying that we can't use the police data because it's likely massaged to some degree to make sure things don't look that bad. That's a pretty serious accusation and from my experience with our local law enforcement they are good hard working people. Are they perfect of course not but I really doubt there's some master plan to mess with the data. I also feel crime has gone up recently but I have no proof of this. We should remember that crime jumps when the weather gets nicer as so many more people are out and about. For all we know this is the same cycle as every year in the summer. It would be nice to at least start with the raw data and see what it shows.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: August 13th, 2017 10:29 AM

Sometimes, even the view from the Hill can be clouded.

Benjamin Hill from Oak Park  

Posted: August 12th, 2017 9:45 PM

Freedom of speech? Really? Alleged spillover crime? Finally we get to the real motivation - something about payback? Thanks Jason for pointing out who is part of the community - will help me skip over those comments in the future.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: August 12th, 2017 9:30 PM

Would the unsolved murder rate be of help to you?. I think they have a record of 1 and 11 in unsolved murders .Watch how and if bump and runs are tabulated. If you are in your auto, bumped from behind and the other driver drives off, is that an attempted an armed robbery offense, force and weapon being used,failure to render information offense or a information only incident report.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: August 12th, 2017 9:15 PM

If a car is stolen

Bruce Kline  

Posted: August 12th, 2017 8:45 PM

Brian: Thank you. I certainly understand how crime statistics can be manipulated. For instance, from my professional point of view, I understand how excellent trauma service can reduce the murder rate even as violence increases, leading one to mistakenly attribute a decrease in murders to "good policing" or some other factor that might be non contributory. What I want to know is, are there any statistics based upon your experience that really do correlate with an increase in violent crime - a statistic that is harder to manipulate than others? If not then Oak Park really is in trouble: because I think many citizens perceive that violent crime is out of control and "perception is reality."

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: August 12th, 2017 8:21 PM

Crime statics are not facts, Crime statics are numbers. If an officer wants to arrest someone for a felony, the officer must obtain permission or Felony Review in writing from a States Attorney. However an officer writing an offense report is only guided by his/her investigation and the Police Supervisor who must sign off on the report. Many times the report is down graded. For instance a bicycle removed from a front porch is a theft and not a burglary, Even though the bicycle was taken from a dwelling. It is called the pump, the pin and the plywood. If someone is in custody felony charges must be sought. That is the pump. If no one is in custody the police use the pin to deflate the offense. Plywood is used to hide the offense through title or time. Recall the three shootings in the same building within a week. The police used plywood to get the public to forget about it. Recall the death at Austin and Madison where to CCW carrier shot an killed his attacker. Recall how nothing else was ever mentioned about the incident. Plywood. Robberies become theft from person, theft from person becomes theft and on down the downward spiral. The last yearly crime stat report showed a 91% increase in calls for service. How could demand for service go up 91%. Easy, my beloved boys and girls in blue are not sticking their neck out for a chance to get in trouble, so they hide in the middle of a battlefield. Like Vonnegut said in Slaughterhouse 5, man is a infantry animal and hiding in plain view which is survival, the heck with the victims. Say an officer is assigned a school crossing. While at the school crossing he punches up a ticker for a cracked sidewalk report.. A motorist stops and asks for directions. The officer volunteers to escort the motorist to their destination Thats four service calls.Thank you Fergurson, Missouri. That cop did everything correct, by dept. policy, state law, Eric Holder fed. law and he lost his job anyway..

Bruce Kline  

Posted: August 12th, 2017 5:46 PM

Brian, I certainly agree with your last sentence. In that regard, do you happen to know if the perceived increase in violent crime in OP is born out by the facts (crime statistics)?

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: August 12th, 2017 4:17 PM

Rob Rufflo may not live in Oak Park, however there are many reasons why he and I comment. First off, there is freedom of speech. Second, Oak Park is this supposed open community inviting to all so I assume that means our comments also. Third, there is a concern that spill over crime or un addressed crime effects my community directly. Also there is turnabout. Past President David Pope pushed the idea of extending heavy CTA rail to Oak Brook to help with un employment. Never mind the destruction of private property, us of eminent domain to obtain private property, the making of five bridges, Des Plaines River, Salt Creek, Addison Creek , the I-290 and tollway. Plus he never asked any other town if they wanted the railroad. Pace Bus can run from Des Plaines to Oak Brook and Yorktown at a fraction of the cost at 15 minute intervals. So, if past president David Pope can propose that type of project and problems I reserve the right to comment here. Plus I know a thing or two about crime in the Enchanted Kingdom.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: July 17th, 2017 5:31 PM

According to FB Rob doesn't even live in Oak Park so I am not sure why he feels the need to comment here. He must not have much of a life if this is what he does for fun. Crime is a real problem and we all need to stay aware of people in our neighborhoods. We all moved here eyes wide open and know we border west Chicago so things can happen unfortunately.

Mike Hanline  

Posted: July 17th, 2017 10:13 AM

We'll give Ruffulo the award for the stupidest comment of the day. And it's still early...

Rob Ruffulo  

Posted: July 17th, 2017 6:43 AM

Rename Oak Park "Chicago West" and make it official. Animals. Let the liberals carry on...

John H. Wilharm III  

Posted: July 7th, 2017 2:12 PM

This is so sad.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: July 6th, 2017 10:27 PM

@ Ryan Mccarthy: Of course they ran east, to their waiting limo to drive them back to Wilmette.

Ryan McCarthy  

Posted: July 6th, 2017 4:42 PM

Pretty sure they ran east

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