Masked Gunman Hit Shorewood Cell Phone Store
The Shorewood heist from a week and a half ago was followed by one in Plainfield Thursday.
The Thursday morning robbery of an AT&T Wireless store in Plainfield wasn't the first such stickup in Will County in recent weeks.
Plainfield police noted a Shorewood Verizon wireless story was robbed by a masked bandit more than a week ago.
Shorewood Police Chief Aaron Klima explained that the cops were keeping the March 6 holdup under wraps for fear of copycat crooks.
Klima said the masked bandit went into the Brookforest Avenue Verizon store about 10:45 a.m., brandished a handgun and ordered a clerk to fill a bag with merchandise.
The gunman took no cash, Klima said, but absconded with Verizon products.
While both the Shorewood and Plainfield robberies were committed before noon and were pulled by masked men who completely passed on grabbing money to instead steal only merchandise, Klima does not believe they are connected.
"It doesn't sound like they are the same guys," he said.
The chief also noted that other Verizon stores in the area have been victimized in a similar manner.
"In the region, according to Verizon, there's been several," he said.