The FBI released new details and photos Tuesday from an armored car robbery that happened outside an Orland Park bar during a busy Saturday afternoon.
At approximately 2:15 p.m., Saturday, a Brink’s car was robbed near the Xfinity store, 14225 S. 95th Ave., according to an FBI news release. The Xfinity store is next to the Orland Ale House, where video showed customers hiding during the robbery.
During the robbery, three men, all with semi-automatic handguns, got out of an SUV driven by a fourth man, according to the FBI. The three men forced the driver into the truck and took what was inside, officials said.
The four men then drove off in an SUV, according to the FBI.
Tom McMullen, owner of Orland Ale House, said there was an Orland Park Irish Trolley event on Saturday, where four trolleys pulled up to six bars, including the Orland Ale House, to do bar crawls.
Bars opened at 1 p.m., so by the time of the robbery, the Orland Ale House had about 70 people inside and 20 people on the patio, McMullen said.
McMullen said his two daughters were working at the bar Saturday and one of them yelled about the robbery right outside.
“The CEO and I told everyone, ‘Go to the cooler, to the restroom, behind the bar, go to the kitchen.’ Crouch down, out of sight,” McMullen said.
The robbery happened within 10 minutes, McMullen said. He called police, and police arrived at the scene when the car left, McMullen said.
McMullen said the Orland Ale House is on the edge of the ring road, so the getaway car could only go in one direction. He said the car drove toward Marian’s house next door and then likely exited onto a nearby side street to reach La Grange Road.
Police closed the detour after the robbery, McMullen said, so the trolley that was passing the bar couldn’t get to the Orland Ale House for about two hours.
“The trolleys didn’t want to go down because they didn’t know what the situation was,” McMullen said.
Diana Butcher, owner of Mari Lou’s Fine Jewelry, which is next door to the Xfinity store, said she was working Saturday and noticed a car “fly by,” which was surprising since the businesses are located in the Orland Park Crossing shopping center. . Business was understood to be slow for the remainder of Saturday as police investigated, she said.
“It got a little slower for us, but they had work to do,” Butcher said. “I was glad they were there doing their job.”
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Considering the number of people who partied at the bars and other shoppers enjoying the outdoor mall, Butcher said it was a good thing there were no reported injuries.
“I’m glad no one was hurt,” Butcher said.
McMullen said he was shocked the robbery happened because the neighborhood is generally very safe.
“Nothing like this has ever happened here,” McMullen said.
Brink’s vehicle is being processed for evidence by police and the FBI, Orland Park Police Cmdr. Ken Rasinski said Brink’s officials have not been able to review the vehicle’s logs to determine how much money was taken.
In a statement, Brink’s officials said the employee driving the truck was not injured, but declined to share further information as the investigation is ongoing.
The FBI is asking anyone with information about this robbery to call 312-421-6700 or email tips.fbi.gov.