A KMart employee claimed that he observed a heavyset man in a tee-shirt take two televisions. According to the employee, the man allegedly passed the last point of purchase and continued to the parking lot with a shopping cart containing two forty inch televisions. So, he followed the man outside and asked if the man had a receipt for the televisions.
The man allegedly replied that he didn’t have a receipt but he did have a gun. The employee alleged that the man reached for his waistband and the employee believed that the man was going to grab a gun. At that point, the employee told the police he backed away and called for an employee to contact the police.
The alleged armed robber then fled through the parking lot toward a car that contained two other individuals. The car left the lot and the televisions were left in the Standard Bank parking lot. The alleged robber continued to allegedly escape on foot heading east bound across Pulaski Road and behind the Walgreens located at 3939 W. 95th Street. The employee retrieved the televisions but then lost sight of the man. The security webbing was still attached to the televisions.
The police were dispatched to the area and after speaking with the employee, the Oak Lawn officers, assisted by nearby departments, set up a “perimeter” to search for the alleged robber. An Evergreen Park Officer located the alleged robber hiding in the backyard of a residence on Springfield Avenue, in Evergreen Park. The officer detained the man, who was identified as Pedro Montalvo.
After being identified by the KMart employee, Montalvo was arrested and transported to the Oak Lawn police station. Montalvo denied that he had a gun and the police did not recover a gun. Montalvo, who gave a Chicago address, claimed that he reached towards his pants in the parking lot because his pants were falling down.
Each television was valued at $439.99. During the adventure, a wooden fence was also damaged in one of the backyards. Montalvo was charged with one count of aggravated robbery, a felony. The homeowner who suffered damage to her fence signed a complaint for criminal damage to property.