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Shorewood convenience store robbed

Police investigate link to I-55 bandits

This 7-Eleven store on Essington Road in Joliet was robbed Sunday. Another 7-Eleven in Shorewood was robbed Tuesday night in the latest in a string of convenience store stickups.
This 7-Eleven store on Essington Road in Joliet was robbed Sunday. Another 7-Eleven in Shorewood was robbed Tuesday night in the latest in a string of convenience store stickups.

SHOREWOOD – Police are investigating whether a stickup Tuesday night at a Shorewood convenience store is connected with a recent string of armed robberies.

The latest robbery happened about 11:30 p.m. at the 7-Eleven at Routes 52 and 59. Chief Aaron Klima said two men came in wearing masks, gloves and hooded sweatshirts and showed the clerks what appeared to be a handgun wrapped in cloth or clothing.

“They demanded money, took the money and fled the store. No one was injured,” Klima said. A K-9 unit was called to the scene but was unable to find the suspects.

“We are investigating a connection to other recent robberies in the area. There are a lot of similarities,” Klima said Thursday.

Police have noted all of the recent robberies occurred at businesses along or relatively close to Interstate 55.

About 1 a.m. Sunday, four men held up the Circle K Gas Station at 2422 Route 59 in Joliet.

Two hours later, five men robbed the 7-Eleven store at 2405 Essington Road in Joliet.

On April 29, gas stations were robbed in Dwight and Wilmington. The BP Amoco at 1411 Riverboat
Center Drive in Joliet was held up
the next day.

No one has been injured in the robberies, which have been committed by between two and five men.

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