3 Wanted in Shooting, Smash-and-Grab at Chicago-Area Jewelry Store


Oak Lawn, Illinois—Police in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn, Illinois are looking for three men who committed an armed robbery at a local jewelry store, shooting and injuring an employee.

According to the Oak Lawn Police Department, the armed robbery happened at 2 p.m. Friday at Reichman Jewelers, an independent retailer that has operated in the Chicago area since 1908.

Three armed, masked men entered the store, pointed a gun in the face of the off-duty policeman hired to guard the store, and disarmed him before they began smashing windows and stealing jewelry.

During the robbery, one of the store employees came out from the back of the store to confront the robbers and they shot him twice, police said.

The employee, who is one of two owners of the store, was taken to a local hospital and upgraded from critical but stable to good condition over the weekend, his business partner of 40 years , who asked not to be identified by name, National Jeweler told Tuesday.

Oak Lawn police said one of the suspects was wearing a white t-shirt while another was wearing a dark hoodie. No description was available of the third suspect.

They exited the store and drove off in a silver four-door sedan that police believe to be a Chrysler 200 manufactured between 2014 and 2017.

Oak Lawn Police Department Investigations Division Chief Gerald Vetter said Tuesday they had no updates on their search for the offenders and the Reichman Jewelers armed robbery remains an active investigation. .

Police are asking residents and local businesses to check footage on all CCTV systems between 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Friday for the suspects’ vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Oak Lawn Detectives at 708-907-4051.

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According to the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, there has been only one homicide in the industry so far this year, Arasb Shoughi, 60, who was beaten with a metal rod during a robbery in his jewelry store in Queens, New York, in late March and died three weeks later.
However, the JSA has seen an increase in violence and the frequency of jewelry-related crimes across the board this year, particularly in robberies and assaults, JSA Chairman John Kennedy said in a statement. an interview last week.

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