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CiCi's Pizza Hit by Armed Robbers for Second Time in Eight Months

Armed robbers wearing black ski masks and displaying a gun took the contents of the restaurant's safe and locked the employee in the store cooler, police said.

For the second time in less than a year, has been hit by armed robbers.

Plainfield police say two men wearing black ski masks and brandishing a gun entered the 11830 S. Route 59 restaurant  shortly after midnight Saturday and ordered an employee to lie on the floor while they emptied the safe, according to a media release issued Sunday.

The suspects also took personal items belonging to the victim before forcing him into the store's cooler, the release said.

Both men were dressed completely in black, other than white shoes donned by one of them, and were described as white or possibly Hispanic.

No details on what was stolen were released by the police, who asked that anyone with information call the investigations division at 815-439-7658.

The was similar in that the two men displayed a gun, hit the restaurant shortly before midnight, forced them employee to open the safe before putting him/her inside the store cooler.

In that case, however, the robbers struck as the employee was leaving the store and were wearing red bandanas on their faces. Both were described as being black men wearing black hooded jackets and weighing 200 pounds or more. 

Neither was apprehended; they escaped with $2,000.

Stephane Carlson January 03, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Why are people complaining about "too many traffic violations?" Bitter, much? Police are damned if they do and damned if they don't, no matter what. $$ for the village has to come from somewhere. We pay enough in taxes. And seriously, there's a problem with CiCi's closing policies if it happened to them twice. As a former restaurant manager, there'd be no way anyone would just be able to "enter" the building after midnight with me inside...Sounds like someone had some insight.... After midnight isn't a typical hour of operation for a restaurant. That's what locks, alarms, and surveillance systems are for. Police have better things to do than sit outside of a pizza joint all night long.
Bill E. January 03, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I agree with Stephane, the police are damned no matter what they do. People get mad when they enforce laws and when they dont enforce laws, damned if you do, damned if you dont. Thats law enforcement. Ive lived in this village for 17 years and have had no issue with our Police Department, we are lucky we dont have the crime issues Joliet and Aurora do. Yes, traffic is definetly an issue the Police concentrate on, but how do you make a statement CONCERNEDRESIDENT that the Police are not making premise checks and business checks????? do you follow around the Police and see what they do all night, Im sure only a quarter of the incidents are reported to the patch and other news media.
concernedresident January 04, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Bill E. I like you have lived here a long time, since '85. My issue is that when you treat the fact that you wrote all of these tickets and wear it like a badge of merit it's a little discerning. Focusing on running license plates all day and not lifting your head up to other issues was my point. I do think we have a fine police department I only wish the focus would shift a little.
concernedresident January 04, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Forgot to mention that I also agree with Stepane's comment that the closing procedures for CiCi's must be sub standard and should be addressed. Let's not let the criminal element think that Plaifield is an easy target because this virus will spread.
Bill E. January 04, 2012 at 02:53 AM
CONCERNEDRESIDENT, i agree that the focus at times needs to change from traffic to pro active policing, but I say this being a resident and not being directly involved in what the Police department is actually doing. We only know what we see on the patch and other news media websites. My brother is a retired Chicago Officer and running plates leads to alot of crimes being solved, not just traffic offenses. Also agree with Cici's sub standard closing procedure.
Hugo January 04, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Maybe a couple helpful facts would shed light on the bitterness surrounding traffic enforcement: #1. It is constitutionally difficult for police to stop and detain people out on foot without articulable facts surrounding why someone is deemed "suspiscious". While they can still engage in a consensual conversation, all a suspected criminal needs to do is walk away in slience and the engagement is over. #2. The easiest way for police to stop and identify people is in cars. Traffic violations are common and almost unvavoidable. A burnt-out headlight enables an officer to stop and identify everyone in a car. One finds warrants, drugs, stolen merchandise etc by virtue of traffic stops. Being that we live in a non-centralized suburban area without public transporation, the most practical way for all criminals to get around...wait for it...BY CAR.
Hugo January 04, 2012 at 06:19 PM
#3. You know what happens when criminals see a marked police car patrolling a neighborhood or business area? THEY STOP WHAT THEY'RE DOING and wait for the police to leave. As far as I can tell, everything the PPD do is above-board and transparent. Are we ready to do away with officer friendly in his marked squad and adopt Officer Tactical in an unmarked? You want both? Ok, then pony up the cash for more officers. #5. The criminal populations who border us in Joliet, Aurora, and Bolingbrook sometimes dip their toes into Plainfield for theft etc. How do you think they get here? Is there a red-line I'm unfamiliar with? Or do they get around by car?
Hugo January 04, 2012 at 06:22 PM
#6. Violent felonies are not common in Plainfield. Are we dismayed that armed robberies are noteworthy and surprising? In between the 2 armed robberies per year, should all 20 patrol officers wait around within basically safe neighorhoods and businesses waiting for that twice a year forcible felony to take place and ignore the traffic? Some of you people really need to think things through.
Bill E. January 04, 2012 at 06:28 PM
WOW........I like your outlook and knowledge on this. Did you notice no one made a negative comment on your post because you ARE RIGHT on everything you just posted.
Miguel Sanchez January 04, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Maybe people are at work so they can pay their taxes?
Johnny January 06, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Yes, run plates, find nothing, pull them over anyway, ask them if they were wearing the seatbelt or if they just put it on, and when they say they had it on the whole time ( and always have it on even years and years before it was a law) and still give them a ticket. Makes sense. Or give a ticket to a car parked in their own driveway at 2am because it is slightly blocking the side walk....wait for it, in a new subdivision with new construction and hardly any houses. Um maybe they are new. A warning and some info would be nice. Nobody needs to be on my sidewalk at 2am anyway. Or have them come to the wrong house for a noise complaint and then stand in front of the house for ten minutes with some decible thing before the kids inside (yes, inside) the house start laughing, wait for it....too loud that it makes the decible thing know there is some noise in a house and then figure out that its the massive party down the block with the tent and a ton of cars and people. Ugh. All this as theives make it trough a whole huge block breaking into cars and stealing stuff, multiple times, vandalizing the same places over and over. But then again why wouldn't they, they are probably not driving, just running.
Billie D. January 06, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I don’t want to be repetitive as “Hugo” hit the nail on the head. The Plainfield Police Department is a very well-focused law enforcement agency. They have very assertive investigators and a stellar patrol division. Of course the traffic enforcement is #1, but that’s only because traffic stops lead to arrests. These arrests are not only for traffic offenses. They lead to arrests for felonious crimes. Please take Hugo seriously, he is correct in the information he provided. Johnny, You sound a little bitter about a few encounters with the police department. That’s fine, as frustration is a common feeling after being issued a ticket. I know because I was issued the same parking ticket by the Joliet Police Department at 3:10 AM. At first, I was upset that he had “nothing else better to do” but I quickly realized I was dead wrong in my thinking. I was glad there was an officer in my neighborhood at 3am. I was also happy he provided revenue for the city by citing someone for wrong doing. Something I have complete control over. I hope you can see the value in an officer in your neighborhood in the middle of the night. Beyond the $35 ticket.
T-Bone January 08, 2012 at 04:54 AM
I'm glad Hugo can count to six and name all the reasons why we should be praising the PPD but at 3am is when the most Drunk Drivers are on the Road, Robberies are happening, and the youngsters are street racing after partying at their friends house. Why we should be happy about the PPD handing out tickets at 3am to the residents that pay their salary is beyond me. It does not make me feel safer to know they are enforcing somone not parking in front of their own house. Maybe they should sit in CiCi's parking lot to make sure they do not get robbed again! But if they did that it would mean they might have to confront a real criminal who just may hurt somebody! And Richard, I have no idea where you got the "Good People" quote!
Hugo January 08, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Robberies are happening at 3am in plainfield? You don't say...you'll have to point me in the right direction of those. Maybe look into DUI stats too. There seem to be quite a steady stream in the blotter here. Oh, and by time 3 am rolls around, how much area do you think as few as 3 patrol officers can cover anyway? I'm also getting the impression that plain old service calls are discounted. You know...those pesky little things like drunken family fights and overdoses (which don't make the blotter) which tie up a cop for 90 minutes or so. In summary, the next time a residential burglary happens in a neighborhood, you'll wonder why the cops are wasting their time sitting in front of Cicis! That's how it always works. Then when they're in the neighborhoods, people will bitch about enforcement actually taking place! I love it. LOVE...IT.
Hugo January 08, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Btw, when I was a lad and sneaking out after dark and roaming the countryside, the proper procedure was to duck into the shadows/bushes whenever you saw headlights coming (if one was previously on a sidewalk). Ah, yes, but the police should also be on foot. Right? Right? Right...all 4 of them covering ground at a snails pace where (odds are) NOTHING WILL BE HAPPENING. Oh, and then when the service call comes, they gotta delay their response to that to get back to the car. And that will be the next problem someone whines about. Etc etc etc.
Sheila Raddatz January 08, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I live a walking distance from Cici's and there has been a steady stream of home break ins over the past few years--not a ton--but just enough to know that you should keep your doors locked and work a little smarter to protect your home. Last year, criminals were sneaking through the window wells to get in the homes. This year, one resident was robbed when the criminal pulled into her garage. The closed door gave them unlimited time to ransack the house. It isn't public knowledge for some reason and we rely on neighborhood organizations to give the residents the "heads up." Cici's was robbed 3 times in 8 months, by the way.
John Public January 08, 2012 at 02:23 PM
The police spend too much time with minor infractions, and not enough time with larger crimes. They don't need to be hiding on street corners looking for seat belt violations, or walking into residents driveways looking for violations. Think about it, why should anyone visit the downtown area, which is dying, if they have to worry about being ticketed. While at the same time robberies, etc are being committed, and these crimes are going unsolved. It is not hard to see why people get the opinion, that it is all about revenue collection at gunpoint!
T-Bone January 08, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Hugo thank you for making my point even clearer. You need to understand the Stats on crime and what is in the blotter is the people they caught, not the people they could have caught! Give me some stats on that! Yes there are Drunk Drivers out on the Road at 3am. Have you ever been to a bar at closing time? This is why I would rather have the Police visable in the Village then giving Residents tickets for parking in front of their home at 3am! Yes there are roberies happening at 3am. Just because the Patch doesn't list them for you doesn't mean they are not happening! Yes you may be right the PPD have to patrol with only 3 Officers at 3am. They also have Will County Sheriffs, State Police, and Joliet Police patroling in Plainfield. Yes the Police are on foot. Have you ever gone through Downtown, had to a Stop Sign and the Police are standing there ready to hand out tickets? (I know you are not a Lad anymore but go out as an adult sometime.) They want people to Shop Downtown to support the local businesses and then you stop at a Stop Sign and get intimadated by the PPD. Yeah, I'll shop somewhere else thanks. Sheila even knows of one more robbery then the Patch has posted about so that shows there that you can not only go by what the Patch reports. Anyway Hugo, You keep reading the Patch and I will keep living in reality.
Irena Sendler January 08, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Some people sure stray from the subject...
Hugo January 08, 2012 at 03:39 PM
>>They also have Will County Sheriffs, State Police, and Joliet Police patroling in Plainfield. What are you on?
T-Bone January 08, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Ok Hugo, You really have to come to the fact that you do not know everything! I had a State Police just Friday at the 59 and 111th (coming out of Plainfield) at a Red Light get on his PA System and warn a driver next to me about stopping too close to the car ahead of them. That is Patroling. I have also seen Will County Sheriffs on 248th and 119th with a car pulled over several times. Go to Caton Farm Rd and you will see Joliet Police in "Plainfield". Do you really live in Plainfield? Like I said Get Out and Enjoy life a little.
Hugo January 09, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Troopers and Deputies all have take-home cars in which they get to and from their respective zones. I assure you, there is no active and purposeful patrolling within the village. They have their own messes on the interstate and township roads.
Hugo January 09, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Same with Joliet as far as take-home cars.. And Caton Farm Road is not in the village either. I can't believe I have to explain this.
Hugo January 09, 2012 at 03:08 PM
However, I do grant you that foot patrol for seat belt enforcement in Lockport Street is dumb, but I heard that's the result of IDOT funded overtime details. Meaning, those aren't the scheduled patrol officers. They are off attending to their normal duties.
Hugo January 09, 2012 at 03:11 PM
>>Yes there are Drunk Drivers out on the Road at 3am. Have you ever been to a bar at closing time? This is why I would rather have the Police visable in the Village then giving Residents tickets for parking in front of their home at 3am! But car burglaries also happen in the wee hours too. I assure you, the victims of car burgs want the police in the neighborhoods. But, surely there's gotta be a solution to make EVERYONE happy, right?
T-Bone January 13, 2012 at 12:36 AM
There is no way to make everyone happy at the same time Hugo. Especially with Hard Heads like you in this world...I am starting to understand the saying...It takes all kinds to make the world go round!
T-Bone January 13, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I am also so glad to hear we are paying Time and A Half for those seat belt checks but we are seeing our taxes go up! We can't figure out how to do it on straight time? We have reserve officers that can do it right? Not to hard to check if a seat belt is on!
T-Bone January 13, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Hugo here are 3 right off today's blotter but they were probably just driving home when this happened! 1. Plainfield, arrested by the Will County Sheriff's 2. Plainfield, arrested by the Will County Sheriff's 3. Plainfield, arrested by the Will County Sheriff's
Hugo January 25, 2012 at 01:26 PM
>>>Hugo here are 3 right off today's blotter but they were probably just driving home when this happened! 1. Plainfield, arrested by the Will County Sheriff's 2. Plainfield, arrested by the Will County Sheriff's 3. Plainfield, arrested by the Will County Sheriff's For one thing, "Plainfield" mailing addresses include a lot Joliet south of Caton Farm Road, and unincorporated township areas which are not considered the village and therefore don't get city services (e.g. Lakewood Falls). For another thing, people have vehicles and can leave the village of plainfield and get arrested in Joliet or inincorporated township areas. This is starting to make sense to me. You really ARE that ignorant of county, township, and municipal geography.
T-Bone January 25, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Yes "Hugo the Great" you are a Master at sitting at the Computer and looking up all this info. I am just glad I can help you stimulate your mind with these comments and give you something to do other then just stare at a wall all day!

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