Police were called to Burger King, 14300 S. Cicero Avenue, after employees reported an armed robbery on Dec. 17.
The two employees told officers that a black male, approximately 5-feet-5-inches tall, of medium build and wearing dark clothes, black gloves, a fake beard and possibly a wig, brandishing a small, silver revolver, entered the store at 7:25 a.m. As he entered, he asked the two employees if there was anyone else in the store, and both answered that there were not.
The robber then came behind the counter of the store and removed all the paper money from the register, before ordering the employees towards the office to empty the safe. While emptying the safe, the offender told the employees to unwrap all the paper bills and place them in a plastic bag he was carrying. He instructed the employees to leave all coin currency in the safe.
After loading approximately $800 into the bag, the offender ordered the employees into the walk-in freeze of the store and told them not to come out. The offender locked the employees inside, checking twice to make sure they would stay in the freezer.
After several minutes, the employees exited the freezer and immediately called police. Police were unable to find any fingerprints at the scene due to the offender wearing gloves, and video surveillance of the store was not operating at the time.
Two days prior to the robbery, a transformer blew behind the store, which was reported to police and ComEd. ComEd told officers that there was a report of a blown transformer on Dec. 15, but that a check of the area revealed no such damage.
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