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.
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.
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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.
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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.