Woodridge police invesigate two armed robberies

Updated 4/28/2014 7:40 PM

Woodridge police say they are investigating what they believe are two armed robberies that happened in a four-day stretch.

In a news release, police said the latest armed robbery occurred about 6:15 p.m. Sunday on the 2600 block of Forest Drive. They said more than one person in a vehicle was robbed by a man armed with a black handgun.

A cellphone, debit card, cash, GPS device and a Starbucks gift card were among the items taken from robbery victims, according to authorities. Police said the victims were unharmed and that the man fled east on foot.

Another armed robbery occurred about 1 p.m. April 24 at the Jewel-Osco store on 75th Street, police said. They said both robberies were within a half mile of each other.

Police said the suspect used a knife in the robbery outside Jewel-Osco and demanded money and a cellphone from the victim, who wasn't hurt. Additional details regarding both cases were not immediately available.

Similar information about the suspect was provided to investigators after both robberies, according to Woodridge authorities.

Police said the suspect is believed to be in about 20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 140 pounds with a thin build and dark spiked hair. They said the suspect wore a hooded sweatshirt and a scarf to obscure his face during both armed robberies.

Woodridge police said patrols have been increased and alerts about the armed robberies have been issued to apartment complexes and business owners. They also stressed the importance of hiding valuables while in a vehicle and not keeping wallets or electronic devices in plain sight.

Anyone with information about the armed robberies is asked to contact the Woodridge police detective unit at (630) 719-4764 or by emailing crimetips@vil.woodridge.il.us.

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