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The Tinley Park Police Department said it is investigating an alleged armed robbery and carjacking, both separate incidents, that occurred the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 22, according to a press release issued by the Village of Tinley Park Thursday, Jan. 23.
The alleged armed robbery reportedly occurred just after 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 17800 block of Woburn Road.
“A woman told police she was in her garage, exiting her vehicle, when she was approached by two male black offenders,” the press release read. “Both men had partially concealed their faces and were armed with handguns.”
The two men reportedly then stole personal property from the woman and fled in a light-colored SUV or minivan.
Reportedly, a short time later, another Tinley Park resident reported that his vehicle was carjacked in the 17600 block of Duvan Drive, about three miles from the last reported incident.
The man said he was approached by two men armed with handguns, which matched the description of the offenders from the earlier incident,” according to the press release. “The men forced the victims from their vehicle and fled the area with it.”
The stolen vehicle was located by Tinley Park police officers and they pursued the offenders for a short time before it ended for “community safety reasons.” The vehicle was reportedly later recovered in Orland Park.
"In this incident it was the amount of traffic (rush hour) along with the reckless actions of the offending driver (speed, driving into oncoming lanes, etc.) which caused the pursuit to terminate," Deputy Chief Charles Faricelli said in an email to The Junction.