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Plainfield Police Seek Suspects in Gas Station Robbery

Two men robbed the Circle K on Route 59 late Monday; police said one suspect brandished a semi-automatic weapon.

Plainfield police are investigating an armed robbery at a Route 59 gas station after two men allegedly made off with cash and scratch-off lottery tickets after threatening the clerk with a gun.

Sgt. Kevin McQuaid said police responded to the report of an armed robbery shortly before midnight Monday.

A witness said two men entered the Circle K convenience store at the Shell gas station at Route 59 and 119th Street and pre-paid for $5 worth of gas. After going outside and pumping the gas into a container, McQuaid said, the two men came back into the store, where one of them pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the clerk.

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The robbers demanded cash and scratch-off lottery tickets before fleeing on foot, police said.

McQuaid did not disclose the exact amount of cash stolen.

“We’re not talking anything more than a couple hundred dollars,” he said.

No shots were fired in the incident, and the men fled on foot, heading west, police said.

Police described the gun-wielding suspect as a 6-foot-tall, 170-pound black male in his early 20s wearing a black stocking cap, yellow shirt, khakis and a white scarf covering his face.

The other suspect is described as a light-skinned male of unknown race, also in his early 20s, dressed all in black, wearing a black stocking cap and a black scarf covering his face.

McQuaid said police are reviewing surveillance footage of the crime, and working to determine whether the robbers could have been picked up following the incident or had a car parked nearby.

The incident is the latest in a string of several armed robberies this year in Plainfield.

In July, a suspect fired one shot at employees during what police called an attempted armed robbery at a Plainfield Burger King restaurant. No one was hurt in the incident, and the man, who was wearing a ski mask and carrying a semi-automatic handgun, was never apprehended.

READ – Police: Suspect Fired at Burger King Employees During Attempted Armed Robbery

In August, one man was shot in the chest during an armed robbery at a Main Street apartment; a day later, three suspects were apprehended in an unrelated robbery at a nearby 7-Eleven.

READ - Suspects Apprehended After Armed Robbery at Plainfield 7-Eleven; Man Arrested in Plainfield Shooting

McQuaid said it’s too early to say whether Monday night’s robbery was related to any other Plainfield crimes.

“That’s another thing we’re looking at,” he said.

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RB November 13, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Although I agree that poverty does cause crime, Ernie is correct when he says that drug habit is the most common reason for this type of crime.
Ernie Knight November 13, 2012 at 07:08 PM
During the Great Depression, when poverty was at its peak, crime was almost non-existent. If poverty causes crime, then why aren't all poor people criminals?
Tim November 13, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Leslie, Plainfield has seen a 38% increase in burglaries from 2010 to 2011. Joliet has seen a 2% DECREASE in burglaries in the same time period. The reality of the situation is that this police department is not properly allocating its resources, and since the department has communicated it has no intention of adapting, this can only be resolved by a change in leadership. If Joliet can do it(which is arguably less affluent than Plainfield - for now), then there is absolutely no excuse for the statistics coming in that show the reality on the ground in Plainfield that many of are acutely aware of. Reading just the patch site alone, it is obvious that this year will again break the numbers recorded for 2011. The population has not gone up, it has in fact gone down. There are less people, but more crime. That should point to a severe problem, yet most here want to chastise me for pointing out the results of a failed department policy, than do anything to demand change. I think they honestly believe that ignoring the problem will make it go away, which means they are not old enough or have lived in enough places to see how this process can take a 'nice' town, and turn it into a less desirable town. It has happened before, and it is happening right now in Plainfield. It has been pointed out that these are mostly crimes of opportunity, yet the department has done nothing to decrease those opportunities. Ignoring this will only make it much, much worse.
Ernie Knight November 14, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Tim, So its policy and leadership, huh? The fact that Joliet has 247 sworn personnel, I'm sure has nothing to do with it. Sounds like you're arguing for increased funding and staffing for PPD. Good idea.
Marco Agrippa November 14, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I am living in that area and almost every night there are teenagers hanging out around 59 and Feeney. It was just matter of time when something like this will happen. Me

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