Smokey Top Tobacco employees detain one of three armed men during robbery

Police are searching for two men involved in an armed robbery at Smokey Top Tobacco Shop, 7301 W. 183rd Street, Thursday evening.

Tinley Park Police Cmdr. Steve Vaccaro said one of three suspects is in custody and was detained by several employees at the store during the time of the robbery.

Police were notified of the ongoing robbery at 7:15 p.m. when the employees set off a panic alarm.

“When we arrived, the employees had one subject detained and the other two had fled,” Vaccaro said.

The suspect was transported to the hospital for medical treatment, but Vaccaro did not elaborate on his injuries or give any more information about his identity. He was unsure if the others made off with any cash or goods during the robbery.

The store was the target of another armed robbery one month ago when three unknown men entered the store at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 and allegedly pistol-whipped an 18-year-old clerk, police said.

The clerk was treated and released by the hospital for minor injuries and three people made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

During Tuesday night’s robbery, two of the three robbers displayed handguns, police said.

“The investigators are following up on some of the leads that they have,” Vaccaro said.


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