Oak Lawn’s Mayor Sandra Bury ignored a search for a suspect wanted for an attempted armed robbery of McDonald’s at 91st and Cicero on Tuesday night and instead posted about a farmer’s market the next morning while the suspect remained at large.
At about 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, a white male entered McDonald’s and pointed a gun at one of the employees and demanded money from the register. According to employees of the McDonald’s, the man’s hands were shaking and he left the restaurant without getting any money.
Within fifteen minutes, a search by the Oak Lawn police, assisted by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, was undertaken in the area and residents were told to remain in their homes. Reports on social media indicated that a limited “Everbridge Alert” was released. However, a search of the village’s website could not find such an alert.
The Oak Lawn police set up a small perimeter area to search for the suspect, with social media posts indicating that the perimeter was set from 91st Street and Cicero to Southwest Highway and 52nd Avenue around 9:30 p.m.
Despite the search, the suspected Oak Lawn Hamburglar was not found and eventually the search was called off in that area. Security photos made it difficult to identify the man, who is estimated to be 5 feet nine inches tall. He was wearing a dark coat or hoodie and dark pants. When he ran from McDonald’s he headed west on 91st Street according to witnesses.
While Oak Lawn residents flooded various Facebook Group sites, including Oak Lawn Police Scanner, Mayor Sandra Bury remained silent until the next day.
173 people shared the original post notifying residents of the crime in progress and the search. Comments on the Oak Lawn Police Scanner page included many that were hopeful the individual would be caught and several that expressed surprise when the search was called off without an arrest. Several residents called the idea of a man running through the neighborhood with a gun “scary”.
Village officials apparently took the news without much worry. The village’s website does not have any information about the robbery or the search for the suspect. The village’s Facebook page doesn’t have any information regarding the search or the status of the search.
However, Mayor Sandra Bury acted as if she was Mayor McCheese posting an unrelated item on Facebook the next morning. The post invites residents to the Farmer’s Market. As of press time, Mayor McCheese had not provided any update or warning to residents about Oak Lawn’s own Hamburglar.
Anyone that has information that may assist the police in apprehending the armed suspect, should contact the Oak Lawn police at 708-499-7735