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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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Ernie Knight November 06, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Tim, Two links, NEITHER of which was a ROBBERY IN PROGRESS. For such a "fact-finder", I'm surprised your simply calling names. And for such a "MASSIVE increase in robberies" I'm surprised the National Guard hasn't been called out.
Tim November 06, 2012 at 09:52 PM
You asked for examples, and were given examples of how this is done correctly by other departments. I am limited to 1500 characters per post, so I only posted the first 2 that came up from a quick search. You can search on your own to see how often other police departments do their jobs correctly. Meanwhile, you are defending this police department who not only has not been at the scene of these crimes on one of the busiest streets in the entire region, but a department that relies on nearby towns to make its arrests for it. Just so we are clear, what part of this is not 'in progress'? "officers responded to a glass-break alarm at the store. Rompa said officers observed the men running towards an adjacent subdivision" I know you may be confused by a sentence that states 'officers responded to an alarm', but they actually were on the scene in time to see the suspects fleeing, and then apprehend them. I've said many times, that this area is getting a reputation for being easy to rob. I'm sorry you do not understand what this means, but it is a cold hard fact now. You seem unable to separate my posts from your incredible dislike of me as a person, which is fine. But making light of increasing violent crime, that is many standard deviations from the norm by the way, is a reaction of yours that comes out of fear. You are so twisted in your hatred of me, that you are defending the criminals.
Sheila Raddatz November 06, 2012 at 10:24 PM
The part that gets me is that "Tim" is in full support of the apartments going up near the area with the high volumes of robberies. What kind of people will you find in apartments if the robbers already live in the townhouses? Tim is the same guy who wants the high density areas AND at the same time berates the PD for not being proactive in the high density/high traffic areas we already have. Maybe the new complex should start supporting the PD financially to compensate for the density issues that will be joining our troubled corridor.
Tim November 06, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Well "Shelia", how many problems are there with the multi-floor apartments next to the high school that have been there for over 30 years? right, none. And I'm pretty sure Drew Peterson lived in a house, not an apartment. So it may be time to look closer at your preconceptions, and how you arrive at them. I get that you think apartment dwellers are somehow lower status than those that 'own' their houses(or at least think they own their houses), but as we have gone over many times before, simply having apartments does not automatically lead to higher crime rates. There are lots of apartments on the gold coast in Chicago, after all. There are no apartments west of rt59 on Caton Farm rd, yet there were a high rate of break-ins there. Fortunately, that area is in Joliet, and the JPD chief understands that these things can not be ignored, and not surprisingly it was resolved shortly thereafter. The chief in Plainfield on the other hand, seems to think the problem will just go away if they ignore it long enough. You literally don't have to look any further than the next town over to see how this can be handled correctly by a professional police department.
Roger Ping November 06, 2012 at 11:48 PM
How many should have been there atthe time of the robbery? Out of 4 or 5 guys on the street, if 2 were already on one call and another was on another call completely across town,that leaves 1 or 2 for the rest of the village. Enlighten us as to your strategies for preventing this particular robbery.
Ernie Knight November 07, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Well Tim, It doesn't take a rocket scientist. I said "caught in progress". Your examples were completed robberies with subjects fleeing. That is NOT caught in progress. I'm so "twisted" that I'm defending the criminals? Put down the pot brownies and step away.
T-Bone November 07, 2012 at 01:13 AM
<Police Chief John Konopek said...Plainfield, with 51 officers, has 1.27 sworn officers per 1,000 residents — the second lowest in the state compared to communities of similar size. He said the Illinois State Police recommend 1.8 sworn officers per 1,000 residents.> Here is the Answer to how this happens! We need to raise Property Taxes to stop this Crime wave! Oh yeah, I mean just the % we pay...That way we can say we didn't raise taxes!
Gary S November 07, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Tim, give me your Chief of Police plan of attack on having the 4 Officers that were working that night on stopping that robbery from occurring that night or any night in the future???
Tom November 07, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Hey Tim, you don't seem very bright, go ahead and keep bashing plainfield police, then look next door, and notice how people like you aren't constantly bitching about joliet cops. Then compare the two towns, theres a reason why plainfield is so much nicer than joliet. Get a grip Tim, toolbag
Tom November 07, 2012 at 02:31 AM
and on another note, just wear your damn seatbelt, it isn't difficult, instead of making excuses like every other moron, just fess up to it and not do it again.
Let it be known November 07, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Again Tim just makes some comment without knowing how the dynamics of policing works. How many officers are actually patrolling the streets? We're officers on another call during the robbery? 4 officers working that night? It takes approx 45sec on average to rob an establishment? The delay between when the victim actually calls the police to report the crime? If the victim is possibly involved in setting up the robbery? Quality of video from the establishment? Response time for officers to the scene from their patrol area? Delay in receiving an alarm to actual police officers receiving the all? (Burglary call) How many officers actually work that particular area of the Village? I can go on and on, but Tim just likes Googling armed robberies and thinks that posting the links makes him act like he has the correct answers on these matters.
Avery November 07, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I've heard on may occasions that we only have 4-5 officers on "Patrol" on any given shift. Of course there are others assigned to catch speeders and those who traverse our downtown without using their seat belts. There will always be robberies and the police can't catch all of them but there can be a presence at these locations to be proactive. I'd be curious how many detectives and other none "street" cops we have. Maybe it's time to put more of them on the streets?
Leslie Ann November 07, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I am going to ignore all of the back and forth comments and simply say this. I think it is quite apparent why robberies are on the rise. I do not condone their behavior nor make excuses for it but if our economy were in better shape, and people had jobs they wouldn't need to rob a few hundred dollars. I think it is sad to think their are still children who are hungry in this day and age, I think it is sad to know people are still losing their jobs and refrigerators are empty. So instead of excusing apartments, or saying the police don't do their job look at how we can help make this town a better place. Suggestions should be left on the comment instead of criticism that would be refreshing!!
mario November 07, 2012 at 11:57 PM
heres my suggestion, get a job!. people always want to take the easy way out. want to live beyond their means and blame someone else when they cant afford stuff. seems like mcdonalds is always hiring. also, who are we really kidding, with the seat belt crap. there used to be a time if i didnt want to wear one i didn't have to. the only reason it is a law is because lobbyists for the insurance company. have your rates gone down, NO! as for PPD, good luck but if crime rate is going up, it will only get worse when the apts come, that is unless we charge gold coast prices but chances are they will go for less than 80K and dont forget the mandatory section 8 percentage
John November 08, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Shhhh - don't tip the idiots off :)
Ernie Knight November 08, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Interesting analysis, but poverty does not cause crime. Robberies are often committed to feed a drug habit. Not to feed starving children.
Tim November 10, 2012 at 06:10 PM
The result of a poorly run police department has consequences; State Farm is raising rates, and the Plainfield area will see increases of more than this; http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/business/16271981-420/state-farm-boosting-home-insurance-rates-starting-next-week.html "an increase in the cost of settling liability claims" Keep ignoring the constant car burglaries on the west side. Keep ignoring the lack of patrols in both residential and commercial districts, in the face of a spike in crimes. Maybe your insurance company bills you by how much they like you, instead of how much it costs them to operate in your area. I wouldn't count on that though.
Ram Seichert November 10, 2012 at 06:43 PM
The article makes no reference about the police department. I highly doubt this most recent armed robbery case is filing an insurance claim over the loss of a few hundred dollars and some lottery tickets. You also left out the first part of the article you cite. “We’ve seen an increase in the frequency of weather-related claims,” State Farm spokeswoman Missy Dundov said in explaining the premium hike by the state’s largest insurer. “Building costs and labor costs are going up as well.” Weather, building, and labor costs have nothing to do with armed robberies of a cash register.
Let it be known November 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM
What do mean by the "west side" burglaries occur in every town and every part of Plainfield. Tim, I would LOVE to sit down with you and here your plan for policing the Village of Plainfield, because you obviously think you have an answer on everything that goes on over at the PD.
kevin November 11, 2012 at 04:23 AM
look,this stuff happens everywhere and yes rt.59 and rt.30 are gateways how will you fix it? you all sound like idiots. yes plainfield can improve but what county don't?if your are better than the cops then go out and do it yourself.i bet we will still see this junk.
Tim November 11, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I'm not really sure what the opposition on this board is to fixing a broken police department. Do you not want to see an improvement? The straw that finally broke the back of those I know that shared your views, is the robbery last week. There was an alarm that went off when someone broken into a store ONE HALF MILE from the police station, and there was no response until the robbers were long gone. Talk to the residents that have these same questions. When there is a string of breakins, the PPD simply gives out stickers. This has been going on for over a year now, with no obvious change in department tactics. Meanwhile, in towns right next door, these things are resolved within DAYS; http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/news/16231319-418/joliet-police-detail-nabs-burglary-suspects.html This is how a professional department works. The outside world changes constantly, and departments need to adapt to current conditions, to prevent them from turning into a nasty positive feedback loop. The current PPD department is going on with business as usual, in the face of rapidly changing surroundings. I find it fascinating that anyone can defend how the PPD is currently being run. Nobody is claiming or demanding a stop to all crime, just a change in priorities from railroad enforcement, to patrol. There are obviously limited resources, and they need to be directed more efficiently. Being able to respond to a burglary, is more important that a bumper 2 inches over a white line.
jb November 11, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Tim has a beef with the Police Dept...let him have his 2 secs....and no response should be given...let him rant....
my conscience November 13, 2012 at 01:23 AM
jb, it's been a hell of a lot more than 2 seconds worth of his hatred for our police dept ... but let’s not be too hard on "Tim": any 36 year old man still living at home with mom and dad is bound to have some issues.
Rev November 13, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Hopefully soon our state will cease to infringe our rights and as firearms become commonplace, crime will see a reduction. Rev
Jacob R November 13, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Tim, your upset that the PPD did not arrive to a burglary until after the offender fled that was within stones throw the their police department? Last time I checked since when do the police respond from their police department, this is not a fire department TIM.....with 4 officers working on normal nights, where would you like these officers to sit or park? All of them on route 59? Again your shooting from the hip when it comes to your outlook on these matters
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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