Oak Lawn Police were dispatched to the Marathon gas station at 10718 S. Cicero Ave. around 9 p.m. after receiving a call of an armed robbery that had just occurred.
Police spoke to an employee who was working as a cashier in the Marathon’s mini-mart when it was robbed by a male black, who entered the store wearing a ski mask and Latex gloves. The man removed a blue steel handgun from a backpack and laid it on the counter.
In a “relaxed, light voice,” the alleged robber told the employee: “All right, Miss Lady, open the drawer,” police said.
The employee opened the cash register, removed the cash tray and laid it on the counter. Police said the suspect then removed all the cash and some change from the drawer and placed it in his backpack. He then fled out of the store and ran through the gangway just north of the gas station.
An Everbridge alert went out to residents in the vicinity around 9:38 p.m. Tuesday, informing the neighborhood that a foot search was underway for an armed robbery suspect.
Cook County Sheriff’s Police K9 Mika tracked the suspect’s scent from the north gangway to 107th Street and LaCrosse Avenue. Officers were unable to locate the suspect.
A look at gas station surveillance video from
inside and outside the store showed the events as explained by the employee. A
clearer description of the suspect showed him wearing a light gray hooded
sweatshirt with thin black stripes running down the sleeves. He also wore dark
blue jeans, black shoes or boots, and Latex gloves on both hands. The suspect is said to be between 20 and 30 years old.
At 8:57 p.m., the suspect walked past a surveillance camera through the north gangway toward the front of the station. Police said the suspect attempted to hide in the gangway until 9 p.m. when he entered the store.
The robbery suspect was next viewed running through the gangway at approximately 9:01 p.m. turning northbound in the rear alley. Police said the alleged robber had a possible limp on one leg, and “waddled” as he walked.
No one was injured during the robbery.