GRANT PARK — Five armed robberies of convenience stores in Kankakee and Will counties and Indiana that appear to be related have police on alert.
Grant park Chief Carl Frey noticed a trend after two men held up the Circle K convenience store in Grant Park on Monday.
“They appear to becoming more aggressive,” Frey said.
The clerk at the Circle K was pistol-whipped. The robbery occurred at 8:51 p.m.
The men, described as black males, got away with an undetermined amount of cash and liquor. They fled in an unknown vehicle
The clerk was the only person in the store when the men, wearing masks, hoodies and gloves entered.
It appears to be related to other armed robberies of convenience/gas stations in Beecher, as well as in Indiana, police said.
Frey said area agencies are on alert.
“They are so random, so unpredictable,” Frey said. “It is frustrating to us. We want to catch these people.”
Frey said the robbers are getting more aggressive in these robberies.
At 3:15 a.m. on Monday, the Shell gas station in the 1300 block of Dixie Highway in Beecher was robbed. Two armed men took an undetermined amount of cash and cartons of cigarettes, according to Beecher police.
The men were dressed in all black, with face masks and wearing gloves. They fled in an unknown make 4-door car with the license plate covered.
At 8:52 a.m., on Nov. 19, two men with handguns entered Casey’s General Store at 1502 Sheffield Ave., in Dyer, Ind.
According to Dyer police, the men demanded cash. They fled in a dark gray Dodge Challenger.
The suspects were described as black men wearing masks and black hooded sweatshirts, police said.
Highland, Ind., police believe the same two men are suspects in the armed robbery of a liquor store after 10 p.m. Nov. 19.
They demanded money from the clerk and fled on foot. A customer was reportedly hit over the head with a bottle.
On Nov. 12, a Family Express store in St. John, Ind., was robbed by two men armed and wearing masks, hoodies and gloves.
They tied up the clerk and took three cash registers, according to Highland police.
A version of this story appeared in the Friday digital edition of the Daily Journal.