No shots were fired and no one was injured as a robbery spree by robbers in multiple cars turned into a multi-vehicle crash outside a Louis Vuitton store in west suburban Oak Park on Tuesday, officials said.
The crime spree occurred between 11:25 a.m. and noon in the 2200 block of Lake Avenue, Oak Park police said. One suspect robbed a store and a person walking nearby heard the gunfire and called police, they said.
The victims told officers they had been confronted by two men in a car and four people on foot, police said. When the gunman exited the car to use the handle to open the main door of the shop, two of the alleged robbers jumped out, trying to break it before two others loaded items into a duffel bag and got into a van, police said.
The two cars were heading south on Lake Avenue, when one struck a gray Ford Explorer on Taylor Road, but the alleged robbers in the car were gone, police said.
After the SUV crashed into two other cars, a fourth man jumped out and started running from the store with the bags, but the three people from the van then sped off in an older model Buick, officials said.
The victim who called police and the three other people in the suspects’ getaway car all refused to provide a description of the van, though police did learn that it was a white or light blue van, police said.
They asked drivers who stopped to give them a description of the van, according to Oak Park police.
“There were two white males with black clothing … riding in a vehicle, possibly a Buick or Cadillac,” Cmdr. William Blanchette said. “We have no leads on the vehicle, at this time.”
The Buick or Cadillac is a late 1980s to early 1990s model and possibly a Seville, he said.
Police were looking for a man wearing a white shirt, blue pants and black shoes, possibly white, while one woman was wearing a gray t-shirt, gray pants and black shoes, officials said.
Authorities did not immediately know the store or the merchandise in the duffel bag, which was loaded with purses, wallets and other merchandise, Blanchette said.