Three men who may have been responsible for two armed robberies in Chicago robbed the Goldyburger restaurant and Suburban Liquors liquor store at gunpoint on the late evening of Oct. 25.
The trio struck the liquor store first. According to the employee account and store surveillance footage, they entered the store at around 10:30 p.m. wearing masks with guns drawn. The first robber came up behind the counter, pressed his gun against the employee’s head and ordered him to open the cash register. The first robber demanded that the employee tell him where the safe was. When the employe said he didn’t know, the robber hit the victim with a baseball bat stored behind the counter, causing him to pass out.
As the second robber watched the door, the third robber searched the store for a safe. Once they found the safe in the back room, the robbers fled. Between the safe and the cash register, the employee estimated that they stole $3,500. They also stole
several “batches” of lottery tickets and the employee’s wallet.
The robbers then turned up at Goldyburger, near the village’s northeast corner, at around 10:42 p.m. They came in with guns out and ordered the bartender to empty his pockets. The robbers stole his keys and wallet, which had $120 in cash and several credit cards. They also took $350 from the bar’s cash register and held another employee at gunpoint, forcing her to lead them to a safe in the basement. The robbers couldn’t carry the safe out because it was too heavy. They did steal the employee’s purse, which had credit cards and $200 in cash.
The robbers also robbed two customers, taking a total of $260 in cash.
Chicago and Elmwood Park police officers responded to reports of armed robberies involving a trio matching the suspects’ description. The robberies took place near the intersection of Harlem and Armitage avenues, at the Elmwood Park/Galewood border, and at the Harlem Irving Plaza shopping mall in suburban Norridge.
Burglaries from vehicles
Forest Park saw burglaries from a car and two attempted vehicle burglaries.
The burglary happened on Oct. 24 on the 1100 block of Troost Avenue. The victim parked her black 2019 Kia at around 5:30 p.m. When the victim’s mother stepped out of the house, she noticed that one of the rear windows was broken. The victim’s backpack was taken. The police found it dropped on the ground about two blocks south, at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Dunlop Avenue. A witness said they saw two men wearing facemasks walking east on Filmore, and saw one of them drop the bag. The victim said that her AirPod wireless headphones were missing, but everything that was supposed to be in a backpack was accounted for.
The first attempted burglary happened on Oct. 24. The victim parked a black 2018 Kia at the Aperion Care Forest Park rehabilitation and memory care facility at around 7 a.m. When she returned at around 7:55 a.m., she saw that the rear passenger window was damaged.
The second attempted burglary happened overnight on the 1000 block of Troost Avenue. The victim said he parked his black 2018 Ford F-150XLT truck in the back of his house. On the morning of Oct. 28, the victim’s son noticed that the passenger side window was damaged, but not broken. There were no surveillance cameras on the property to capture the attempt.
Nothing was taken from either car.
A silver 2020 Kia sedan was stolen overnight from the 1000 block of Desplaines Avenue. The victim discovered that his car was missing on Oct. 27 at 4:41 a.m. She said that she had her keys with her.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Oct. 23-28, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.
Compiled by Igor Studenkov