Above, the suspect in the Citgo gas station armed robbery Friday Sept. 2 was wearing a winter hat and bandana covering his face. – surveillance photo/Gurnee Police
by Tina Johansson
A series of armed robberies that occurred over the Labor Day weekend in Gurnee and Waukegan led authorities to believe they may have been committed by the same offender.
The suspect is described as a black male, medium build, about 6 feet tall, weighing between 200 and 240 pounds, and is 25 to 35 years of age.
The suspect in Gurnee’s armed robbery has a ‘similar description’ to the Waukegan suspect. – Chief Deputy Willie Meyer, Gurnee Police Department
In Gurnee on Sept. 2 at the Citgo gas station, 3419 Route 132, a man who was wearing a winter hat with a bandana covering his face, entered the station at about 10:10 p.m. displaying a handgun. He demanded money.
According to Gurnee Police, the man then left eastbound on foot, with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Earlier on the same evening in Waukegan, a man entered the Metro PCS, a wireless phone store at 1348 N. Green Bay Road, where he demanded money and claimed he had a gun. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of cash and certain merchandise before fleeing on foot.
“Because there may be a connection between this one and (recent armed robberies) in Waukegan, we are in close communication with Waukegan police detectives,” said Gurnee Deputy Chief Willie Meyer.
The suspect in Gurnee’s armed robbery has a “similar description” to the Waukegan suspect, he added.
“The (Waukegan robbery) occurred about one hour before this one,” said Meyer.
According to Waukegan Police Commander Joe Florip, the latest armed robbery in Waukegan is reported to have taken place on Sunday, Sept. 4. The offender in that incident entered the Cricket wireless store in the 3037 Belvidere Road, claiming he had a gun and demanding money. He was said to have left on foot with an unknown amount of cash.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Gurnee Police Department at 847.599.7000 or Waukegan Police Department investigations tip line at 847.360.9001.