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Two armed robberies in four days have Woodridge police stepping up patrols

Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 1:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 28, 2014 10:01 p.m. CDT
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Woodridge police released this photo of the man suspected to have robbed a woman in a Jewel parking lot on Thursday. Police gave a similar description of a suspect in a second armed robbery on Sunday.

WOODRIDGE – An armed robbery in Woodridge on Sunday is likely connected to an armed robbery that occurred on Thursday, according to police.

Around 6:15 p.m. Sunday, a male suspect approached a vehicle in the 2600 block of Forest Drive, displayed a black handgun and robbed the victims of cash, a cellphone, a debit card and a GPS unit before fleeing eastbound on foot, police said.

The suspect was described by police as in his late teens or early 20s, 5-foot-8, 140 pounds with a thin build, dark black spiked hair, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, dark blue jeans and a scarf covering his face.

The suspect description is similar to Thursday's incident when a suspect approached a van in the parking lot of Jewel, 2317 W. 75th St., and robbed a woman, threatening her with a "large butcher's knife," police said.

In that incident, the man, who entered the victim's van, demanded money and an iPhone before telling her to drive to her bank, according to police. The woman had her 18-month-old and 3-year-old in the car with her, police said.

The suspect then exited the vehicle – before they reached the bank – in the vicinity of Boughton and Naperville/Plainfield roads.

Victims in both incidents, which occurred during daylight, were unharmed.

Sunday's armed robbery occurred about a half-mile from the location of Thursday's incident.

Neither suspect descriptions indicated a race of the suspect, as he had a scarf covering his face, police said.

The Woodridge Police Department has stepped up patrols in response to the two incidents, and has contacted neighboring departments for assistance, according to a release.

Police are investigating both incidents and ask that anyone with information contact the Detective Unit at 630-719-4764 or crimetips@vil.woodridge.il.us. Police also ask that any suspicious activity be reported to police immediately by calling 9-1-1.

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