Armed robbery suspects still on the loose

By: K. Michelle Moran | Online Only | Published February 15, 2011

Police are still looking for two armed robbery suspects who hit the Sherwin Williams paint store at 19849 Mack around 4:22 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4.

Detective Kevin Bonk said they were still seeking tips and leads from anyone who might have seen the suspects or who might recognize them, and Crimestoppers is now offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to their arrest.

The suspects — who posed as customers — are described as a 6-foot-2-inch-tall, 35- to 40-year-old black male of thin build who was light-skinned and clean shaven, and a 5-foot-8-inch-tall, 35- to 40-year-old black male of medium build who was also light-skinned and clean shaven. The taller suspect was wearing baggy blue jeans, a Carhartt jacket, sunglasses, a dark beanie hat and Timberland boots. The shorter suspect was wearing blue jeans, a dark leather jacket, a beanie hat and sunglasses, the store employees told police.

According to a police report, the store manager and a female employee were standing by the front display window when they saw the two suspects approaching the store from eastbound Huntington around 4:22 p.m. Feb. 4. The manager told police she greeted the men, who said they were looking for a narrow paintbrush to use with oil and latex paints. After the manager showed them three different brushes and the men told her they were too expensive, she showed them a chip brush, which the taller suspect reportedly purchased with a $5 bill. The other suspect then requested change for a $10 bill and the taller suspect asked for change for $1. At this point, the shorter suspect pulled out a bronze revolver and told her to remain calm. According to a police report, the manager left the cash drawer open and lay down on the floor with her hands on her head.

The other employee said she glanced over and saw her manager on the floor, and then the taller suspect showed her the gun in his hand and ordered her to open the drawer to another register. He then told her to get on the floor, which she did.

The suspects got away with about $200 in cash, police said.

Since the Woods robbery, Bonk said they haven’t heard of any similar incidents elsewhere in the area.

Anyone with more information is asked to call the Detective Bureau at (313) 343-2412. Leads can also be reported to the anonymous Crimestoppers tip line toll-free at (800) SPEAK-UP or www.1800speakup.org.