2 Armed Robberies Occurred Saturday In Waukegan -- But Are They Related?

Andy Dahn
January 22, 2020 - 9:13 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Waukegan police admit a pair of weekend robberies have some glaring similarities, but investigators aren't ready to link the two just yet.

Two armed robberies, two hours apart Saturday night - and in both cases two male suspects, according to Commander Joe Florip.

The first incident happened around 8 p.m. Officers responded to "Hoagie Hut, which is a restaurant in town, in the 2800 block of Grand Avenue," for a reported armed robbery, Florip said. 

Upon arrival, officers spoke to an employee that stated two males entered the business and attempted to rob it at gunpoint, police said. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun. According to police, both suspects are described as average height and weight. Both suspects fled Hoagie Hut on foot before they could obtain any money or property.

"The second one occurred about an hour later in the 600 block of Greenwood at a Quickstop Food Mart."

Upon arrival, officers spoke to an employee that stated two males entered the business and robbed it at gunpoint, police said. Again, one of the suspects was armed with a handgun. The suspects demanded money and/or property and then fled the area on foot. Police are not releasing the amount of money or type of property taken. Both suspects are described as average height and weight. 

Despite the similarities, Florip said the robberies are being investigated separately.

"We always prepare for armed robbery season or robbery season in the colder months," he said. "There's a lot of shopping that goes on, people can wear a lot of bulky clothes to conceal firearms or other weapons."

While no injuries were reported, Florip said the suspects must be considered armed and dangerous.

"Anytime you have an incident involving a firearm, it's dangerous. We want to make sure that our businesses, that our citizens are aware that if something doesn't look right, to contact the police," Florip said.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Waukegan Police tip-line at 847-360-9001.