Cell Phone Store Robbed At Gunpoint - UPDATED

Robbers made employees lay on floor while fleeing with unknown amount of cash, police say.


Oak Lawn police are searching for two men that robbed a cell phone store on Tuesday evening.

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A police press release said that two male blacks entered the T-Mobile Store at 10312 S. Cicero Ave. around 6:35 p.m., pointing handguns at two employees. The robbers took cash and made the employees lie on the floor before fleeing the store. No one was injured the robbery.

Police K-9s tracked the offenders’ scent to a parking lot at 103rd Street and Lacrosse Avenue. The scent ended in the parking lot, where police believe the robbers may have fled in a getaway vehicle.

The first robbery suspect is described as 35 years old, six-foot-one, and wearing a multi-colored baseball cap and brown jacket.

Surveillance images of robbery suspects added.

The second robbery suspect is also in his mid-thirties, six-foot-two, and wearing a “New York” baseball cap, dark jacket, orange shirt, black jeans, and a white gym shoes with a dark stripe.

If anyone witnessed this crime or has information, please call the Oak Lawn police at 708-422-8292.

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Andrea M October 17, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I'm not sure "two male blacks" is the correct term here. "two black males" would have been better, "two african-american males" would have been best. Not trying to take away from the story, rather that took me out of the story and if you're going to present this as a serious news outlet - which I am a fan of - the writing should reflect that.
Lisa October 17, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Shut up.
kate October 17, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I agree with you Lisa
Joe W. October 17, 2012 at 07:25 PM
What leads you to believe the men were of African decent? They could just as easily be Jamaicans. In any event this is a description of the offenders not a commentary on their ethnicity. Two male blacks is the correct phrase in this situation.
Mike October 17, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Either way you slice it, they are black. Feel better?
comic relief October 17, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Black males, male blacks.... really whats the difference. They were gun toting thugs, or is that too offensive? Let them put a gun in your face and we'll see what you call them then.
Rich October 17, 2012 at 08:17 PM
All the language etiquette that is required to give the description of two hoods somehow has overshadowed the fact that this armed robbery could have resulted in someone getting seriously injured or worse. Can we be a little less sensitive and catch these two black, possibly African, possibly Jamacan, possibly American guys ?
Borninol October 17, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I agree with you Lisa, SHUT UP ANDREA!! Regardless who or what these two hoodlums are they robbed a store in our neighborhood. I hope they are caught and punished to the fullest.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Andrea, I am following AP Style, the standard for news organizations. Male blacks is an acceptable term. There are many people of color whose country/continent of origin is not Africa.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I apologize to our readers for the comment left by "John Doe" that contained an ethnic slur. I question if John Doe is my ex-boyfriend, who was also a jerk.
Mary Beth October 17, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I third that, Lisa
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I am putting this story on comment moderation. Unfortunately, some commentators can't follow Patch's terms of use. Your comments will be approved before they appear on the site.
Mary Beth October 17, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I agree Joe W. There are also White Africans, that may be African Americans too.
Stan Bruckner October 17, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Male black is the standard form of description for law enforcement and emergency services. Sex of suspect, then color or race of subject. Quick clear description, then police receive further.
Thomas Mc October 18, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I copied the pictures and posted them to my facebook page and asked people to do the same. Wouldn't this be a great way to find these guys quicker. Facebook is viral...it will eventually get to the right people who recognize these idiots. I wrote, "This is a scum bag who robbed a T-mobile store a few blocks from where my daughter lives in Oak Lawn. He and another guy pulled guns on the employees there and made them lay on the floor. Call the Oak Lawn Police if you recognize this person...and please post to your wall to help. Eventually, people like this end up killing someone." I also posted the same comment for the second guy. Anyone want to try?
Farrell October 18, 2012 at 07:35 PM
My God, is this going to happen every time a black person, person who is black, person of color, persona de colore, person who paints with water colors, makes the news? He's really Jamaican, He's really African, he's really Irish but he fell asleep under a tanning lamp and now look what happened! Someone said a certain phrase took them out of the story - well, guess what, folks - discussing being taken out of a story will take readers out of a story.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Thanks, Farrell.


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