Suspect charged in Oakbrook Center mall jewelry store robbery
June 28, 2013 11:18PM
Oakbrook Terrace police recovered a stolen vehicle in a strip mall after two men fled from a jewelry store robbery attempt June 23 at Oakbrook Center. | Oak Brook Police Department
Updated: June 29, 2013 11:25AM
A man charged in the attempted jewelry store robbery last Sunday at Oakbrook Center will appear Saturday in bond court.
The man, whose name was not available, will appear in bond court Saturday at the DuPage County Jail at 501 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton, according to the DuPage County State’s Attorney office.
A 24-year-old Detroit man was shot in the abdomen during the attempted jewelry store robbery and was under police guard at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove after he and two others began to smash a display case with a sledgehammer about 3:40 p.m. Sunday at CD Peacock Jewelry Store and he was shot during a struggle with a security guard.
Police have recovered a black sport utility vehicle stolen by the other two men who fled the jewelry store. The vehicle was abandoned in an Oakbrook Terrace strip mall.
Oak Brook police have obtained surveillance photos from the store of the other two suspects and are working to enhance the quality of the images.
The suspects are described as black men in their late 20s or early 30s. One man is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 230 pound with a tattoo on the right side of his neck and wearing a black T-shirt. The other man is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and about 160 pounds with a heavy beard and wearing a white T-shirt.
The sledgehammer was “possibly construed as a deadly weapon,” Kruger said.
The suspects used a black four-pound sledgehammer to smash a glass display case containing high value watches, according to a release from Oak Brook police.
About 10 customers and six employees were in the store when the robbery suspects entered, but none was injured, Kruger said.
The mall activated its emergency plan and asked all customers to stay inside stores, Kruger said. The mall was never placed on lockdown, but the jewelry store was closed as police investigated.
A Macy’s employee, who asked not to be named, said management did a good job of keeping employees and customers calm as police searched the mall with “giant guns.”
Tiana Morris was shopping at Macy’s when she saw two police officers with guns on an escalator looking for somebody.
“It was just scary. They didn’t explain anything to us,” Morris said. “We didn’t know if the guys were still here.”
The two other men in the robbery fled in a waiting black Jeep Liberty that had been stolen from an employee earlier in the day, Kruger said.
The Jeep was later found abandoned in an Oakbrook Terrace office building parking lot, police said.
Besides the sledgehammer, no other weapons were shown, but one of the men who fled had implied that he had a weapon by making a movement toward his waistband, the chief said.
Kruger emphasized that there was no threat to the community and that mall patrons should still feel safe. He noted that there had not been any similar incidents recently at the mall.