Masked gunman strikes store in Joliet mall
By Brian Stanley Bstanley@stmedianetwork.com November 13, 2011 6:04PM
Updated: December 15, 2011 10:02AM
JOLIET — A masked gunman forced employees to open the safe Friday night at Carson Pirie Scott in the Louis Joliet mall.
Cmdr. Brian Benton said it appears the robber hid in the store as the staff began closing gates and locking the doors for the night.
“He came out on the second floor, held a dark-colored handgun on an employee and told him to open the safe,” Benton said.
When the victim, identified as a man in his 20s, said he wasn’t able to do that, the gunman led him downstairs and encountered another employee, a woman in her 40s.
“He forced them both into the staff area where she was able to open the safe at gunpoint,” Benton said. “He then used duct tape on both of them, took the cash and fled.”
The victims were reportedly able to wiggle free immediately and call 911. Neither of them was injured.
The bandit was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a bandana over his face. Benton said detectives were reviewing video surveillance footage from the store.
Anyone with information about the robbery can call detectives at 815-724-3020 or anonymously call CrimeStoppers at 800-323-6734.