Over the past few months, several armed robberies have occurred at gas stations in Will County Sheriff’s jurisdictions, as well as municipal Will County areas. The Sheriff’s Office has been working diligently with other law enforcement agencies in attempting to identify and arrest the offenders.
This morning around 5:40am, Speedway Gas Station, located at 7218 Lincoln Highway in Frankfort Township, was robbed for the second time in four days; also on 12/20/2019 at 4:30am. In this morning’s robbery, there were two offenders and on 12/20, there were three offenders. Initial reports indicate that the offenders are the same individuals in each of these robberies and similarities suggest they have been involved in recent robberies in other jurisdictions.
The individuals are identified as male blacks, mostly unidentifiable, wearing dark clothing, gloves, and ski masks, armed with handguns. In both incidents, the offenders enter the store, fully covered, and order the employees and a customer to the ground by gunpoint. Employees are ordered to the back room while the offenders load cartons of Newport cigarettes into large garbage bags and take any currency that is in the register. In some of the robberies, offenders have stolen customers’ wallets.
The vehicles used in recent area robberies have been identified as a white Jeep Grand Cherokee or a white Kia Optima. Both vehicles have been observed on video surveillance with the registration plates covered by black garbage bags.
Will County Sheriff’s detectives are asking the public for assistance in identifying these individuals. Crime tips can be given by calling the Sheriff’s Investigations Division at 815-727-8574 or online at Crime Stoppers. Please visit: www.crimestoppersofwillcounty.org. You can remain anonymous. There is a cash reward for any tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of these individuals.
The Sheriff’s Office is also asking the public to call 911 immediately if you observe a vehicle in the eastern sections of Will County with black garbage bags or any other obvious obstruction on a vehicles license plate.
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