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Bleeding Heart Bakery in Oak Park might close for good after robbery

Sketch suspect Monday's robbery Bleeding Heart bakery Oak Park. / phofrom Oak Park police

Sketch of suspect in Monday's robbery of the Bleeding Heart bakery in Oak Park. / photo from Oak Park police

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Updated: December 7, 2011 1:08PM

Owners of a west suburban bakery are “reassesing” whether to remain in business following a robbery Monday night in which a female clerk was grabbed forcefully and locked in a storeroom by a man who stole about $3,550.

Police say a man entered the The Bleeding Heart Bakery at 1010 North Blvd. in Oak Park at 7:15 p.m. Monday, grabbed the clerk and demanded money from the register. He then forced the clerk into a basement storage area, where he removed additional cash from a lock box, a release from police said.

He locked the clerk in the basement area and fled, but a neighbor heard the clerk’s shouts and called police.

The robber also stole the woman’s cell phone and car keys. The estimated total loss is $3,550.

Detective Cmdr. Ladon Reynolds said his department is pursuing leads and released a sketch Wednesday of the suspect. He is described as a black man about 24, 5-foot-8 and wearing a brown, zippered hooded jacket and a Louis Vuitton style baseball cap.

Reynolds described the physical injuries to the clerk as “minor,” resulting from her being grabbed forcefully.

The bakery posted a brief note on its Facebook page Tuesday, informing customers of the closure.

“I’m very sorry to say that our store will be closed for a few days as we recoup from last night’s robbery and reassess our business here,” the posting reads. “Please keep our employee who was attacked in your thoughts and we will keep you updated to a possible reopening.”

Eileen Loechel was standing by the front door of the darkened business about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. She stopped by, she said, “to see what the sign said” after hearing of the robbery.

“I was just in there last night,” she said in a shocked tone.

She hopes they decide to stay in business.

“That would be terrible” if the bakery closed its doors for good, she said.

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