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Masked Man with Gun, Accomplices Rob Oak Forest Liquor Store

A man jumped over the counter of Foremost Liquors in Oak Forest, flashing a gun and ordering an employee to the ground before robbing the register Aug. 27. A second suspect pulled out a bat, before a third appeared and all three fled the scene.

A masked, gun-toting man ordered an employee at Foremost Liquors, 15211 S. Cicero, to the ground before emptying the register, as an accomplice held another employee at bay with a baseball bat, according to police reports. 

Two black men dressed in black entered the store—one armed with a gun, employees told police Aug. 27. The armed, masked man pulled on a pair of gloves before pillaging the register, as a second man wielded a baseball bat grabbed from behind the counter. A third man entered the store, and all three fled the scene in a white, windowless van with a "large, yellow smudge" on the back door. Police were called to the scene around 8 p.m. 

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Employees described the armed suspect as a black male, approximately 6-feet, 2-inches tall, in his mid-30s, wearing a black shirt, black pants and black mask. The second is described as a black male, approximately 5-feet, 8-inches tall, stocky build, in a black shirt, black pants and black stocking cap. A third man involved is described as a black male, 5-feet, 11-inches tall, in a grey hooded sweatshirt.

A witness told police the van traveled east on 152nd Street. 

The case is under investigation. 

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Jessie August 29, 2012 at 02:09 PM
My rent goes towards taxes Nancy Grace so I also pay taxes. My apartment building also is not an eye sore it is well maintained so no I'm not wrong. I agree that there are some apartment buildings that are an eye sore but you can't group everyone together in one trashy category is all I am saying. Just because someone rent's doesn't make them black, or on section 8 and just because someone's black or on section 8 doesn't automatically make them go rob a liquor store.
Terry K August 29, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I hope Mayor Hank and the rest of our elected officials read these comments; if you are, be aware that if you enjoy your current roles you will act, if not, you will be replaced.
NANCY GRACE August 29, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I believe we mentioned the trailer park,hills,147th etc...u brought up 151
Ruth Ensing August 29, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Our cops will be too busy catching kids with loud radios now thanks to the ordinance that was passed last night. Not only catch them but impound their cars. What's a little armed burglary compared to loud music?
interested August 29, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Suggesting repeatedly to tear down privately owned apartment buildings is not a solution to the crime problem. No one has the right to tear down a privately owned building. Yes, there is a crime problem, mostly due to unemployment and movement of populations after the financial crisis. Real suggestions?
Hamish August 29, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I prefer a little bit of peace in my neighborhood
Hamish August 29, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Yes.... Lose the apartment buildings
Brian Cosmo August 29, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Terry K 3:27 pm on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Section 8 housing, cheap apartments/ trailers, more and more violent crime. Black males. I thought I lived in Oak Forest not Chicago. Ooooh, Chicago, black males, scary.....Uh, you live in America pal. You are free to move to another part of the country. In fact, if black males scare you so much, I suggest you move to Utah or Wyoming or Idaho. You will be amongst others of your ilk. Perhaps Nancy Grace would like to join you? Oh wait. A lot of trailers in those white supremacist states. What is an elitist, racist white woman to do nowadays...
Terry K August 29, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Interested - couple of things, 1. the village can claim eminent domain, but you are right the problem is section 8 housing and who lives there. We have more and more crime in the suburbs after Chicago tore down the public housing buildings. And 2.how would the economic crisis drive populations to a more expensive are.
Michael M. August 29, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Brian, aren't you being racist with that comment, or at least prejudicial to infer they are white supremacists?
Terry K August 29, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Brian, I am what I am, you are naive if you think that young black males are not the problem.. Facts are facts - read the papers, watch the news.
interested August 29, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Many people lost their homes and are renting.
interested August 29, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Does Oak Forest have community and police meetings to address specific crime issues? Perhaps that could be a good forum for dialog.
GS August 29, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Conceal and carry will help weed out the the bad guys. Since WE all know that criminals don't care about laws
interested August 29, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I feel much safer knowing there are LESS guns. I don't want to walk around town knowing every angry resident is carrying a gun, along with the criminals who will also have the right to conceal and carry. At least now, when violators are caught they can be arrested for violating the concealed weapon law.
EMM August 29, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Technically the City can, they can just site emminent domain and pay the owner the assessed value to take it over and they should!
NANCY GRACE August 29, 2012 at 05:45 PM
@brian look up the crime at the trailer park,the drug usage and domestics occur more often than a section of oak forest homes!
GS August 29, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Um criminals don't follow the law and wouldn't EVER qualify for a CCW permit. I carry in Indiana and Wisconsin and the streets don't run red, when someone takes my parking spot or cuts me off when I am checking out at the walmart. That is the oldest rhetoric in the book. Don't you know more guns = less crime. Why is IL the leader in murders in the nation? Because we don't allow law abiding citizens to carry a pistol and the bad guys know it. Besides you won't know who is carrying because it is concealed.
Dave August 29, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I very much agree with Jessie. Just because someone isn't as lucky as the rest of you, doesn't make it their fault. Stereotyping is one of the worst "pen is mightier than the sword" type of attacks. Not all Hispanic or African American people are criminals. I know a lot who are honest hard workers, some are not so lucky and live in lower quality housing and some are successful and living in nice houses. So let's stop the finger pointing of areas. It only takes 1 bad apple to make the area look bad. The same as it takes 1 accuser to make the area look unwelcoming.
Dave August 29, 2012 at 09:30 PM
@interested, there is the Neighborhood Watch program run by the crime prevention. Maybe check with Dennis Mitzner to find how to get involved. Information is on the Oak Forest webpage. I am out in the evenings now when I go for my nightly exercise walk. I look out for these things and get exercise at the same time. Heck I wouldn't mind having another person join me to do the same thing. I walk through most of Ward 6 on my own and get 3-6 miles of walking an evening, usually after dark now that the sun goes down earlier. I'm looking out for my neighbors, maybe everyone else should too instead of just being overly concerned about themselves only.
Dave August 29, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Terry, Caucasian males and females are ALSO problem people out there, especially with the gang activity that most don't pay attention to or don't know what to look for, or kids just trying to be cool and put a name up for themselves. So I wouldn't point fingers and say young black males are the problem. A lot of it is in the raising of the kids nowadays not to respect others or the discipline that existed years ago. The raising in the parents fault, but at the same time the discipline is the kids fault.
Dave August 29, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Quick note on the loud music, makes me think of the musical "Footloose".
Dave August 29, 2012 at 09:40 PM
@Nancy, it may occur more frequently there, but doesn't mean that the legitimate law abiding and honest citizens who are down on their luck are causing problems. True poverty does increase the chances of crime, but then also, I hate to sound like Ivent here, but so does wealth, but in the more of a white collar crime ways. So crime exists across ALL financial statuses. I just don't discriminate an area because of its social/financial status. There are the guidelines for the multi-resident housing community, but then it comes down to the landlord actually enforcing those things. Also, the city has to follow along with the state laws on criminal acts, while the landlord has better ability to help evict people for breaking laws which is in civil court. Urge the landlords of the area to clean up their area, if they fail THEN the city can then walk in and start trying to take over the role of the landlord.
interested August 29, 2012 at 09:59 PM
You say you don't, but the reason to have a gun is to be able to use it if you judge the situation to be such that a gun is needed. It is proven fact that in most cases, that judgement is wrong and people will die in a split second of misjudgment. The police can't be everywhere, but I want THEM to decide when to use a gun if the situation arises. I want protection from the over-confident gun owner who thinks he has all the answers.
Ruth Ensing August 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM
@Nancy, I play loud music all the time and have never used drugs. Also wear my seat belt. Quit generalizing and stereotyping (no pun intended)
GS August 30, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Well when you are in a situation of need the police are only about 4 minutes away in OF. I deserve my 2A right to be able to protect myself or my family or friends should the need arise. If you don't want to carry a weapon fine with me, and hope you never need a CCW permit holder to help you out. http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=4527526
Tired of the B.S. August 30, 2012 at 05:41 PM
nancygrace, WOW!!! This seems like a well thought out plan(NOT). What would the benefit of tearing down peoples homes be?
Tired of the B.S. August 30, 2012 at 05:43 PM
nancygrace, It would be nice to take a vote, but I don't think that you would like the results. Not everybody in Oak Forest is as close-minded as you seem to be. I'm pretty sure it doesn't take paying $5000-$7000 for taxes to care about where you live.
Tired of the B.S. August 30, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I believe only you mentioned the trailer park, Hills, 147th etc...and you want to tear them down because somehow all crime in Oak Forest would go away if those places ceased to exist. Maybe you need to move to a private gated community.
Tired of the B.S. August 30, 2012 at 05:48 PM
nancygrace, While there may be a higher crime rate at the trailer park, that does not mean it is OK to tear it down. What would you have us do if the crime rate in you neighborhood was to go up? Could we tear down YOUR house?

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