Suburban police seek suspects in bizarre robbery

SKOKIE, Ill. --Police are searching for three men believed to be responsible for an armed robbery that turned into a residential ransacking in Skokie.

Three men armed with what police called “cutting instruments” tied up the 82-year-old man who owns Troost Memorials  and his 56-year-old secretary, during the lunch hour Friday afternoon.

Police say the two victims were overpowered and bound up.

They took the owner’s house keys, went to his nearby home – and ransacked it.

Police say neither of the victims were hurt and both escaped their restraints and ran to a neighboring business to call the police.

John Lei works next door at a chiropractic clinic says he may have seen the suspects’ vehicle.

“Around 10 a.m., there was a blue car that was parked, and I said to myself, ‘What is this blue car doing here?’ It’s not one of our patients,’” he said.

Police say the suspects are possibly Hispanic and were all wearing baseball caps and sunglasses.

Troost Memorials is a business that designs and sells cemetery monuments and gravestones and is located in a strip mall along a busy stretch of Gross Point Rd in Skokie.