More Bad News from IllinoisMarch 6, 2009 at 8:13 am | Posted in News | 1 Comment
Yesterday’s news about thrift stores being targeted by armed robbers was unnerving enough. Now it’s dollar stores.
“Police in north suburban Gurnee are looking for a man accused of robbing a Family Dollar store at gunpoint Thursday night,” reports a local radio station. The incident occurred in a small town near the Wisconsin border.
“Just before 8 p.m., a man wearing a ski mask walked into the thrift store at 3521 W. Grand Ave. and demanded cash from employees, according to a release from Gurnee police. Holding a black, semi-automatic handgun, he told two employees to place money into a black backpack he’d brought with him, the release said. The employees complied and he told them someone was outside watching and they should lie on the floor for five minutes. The man fled through the front door and headed south through the parking lot, the release said. One employee saw him running toward a white conversion van, but did not see if he entered the van. No one was injured and only one customer was in the store at the time.
“The suspect is described as a black male, 5-foot-9 to 6 feet, wearing a black ski mask, dark hooded jacket with gold zipper, and white and black gloves. He wore dark athletic shoes with a light-colored emblem on the sides.”