HIGHLAND PARK – The North Shore Shell Gas Station that was robbed at gunpoint during the early morning hours of December 30 has been a family business for 45 years. The gas station is located at 10 Skokie Valley Road.
“Several thousands of dollars were stolen, including $4,000 in cigarettes alone plus cash,” said John Kyle, the owner’s son. He has worked there since he was a boy.
The Highland Park Police Department reported that the three suspects fled in a newer-model gray van (possibly a Honda Odyssey) driving southbound on the Edens Expressway. Kyle said the car was new and didn’t have license plates.
When asked if the gas station was considering installing new cameras to capture front views of potential suspects, Kyle explained that the three suspects were all wearing ski masks, so their faces wouldn’t have been visible from any angle.
He mentioned the November 13 robbery at Thorntons Gas Station at 55 Skokie Valley Road across the street, as well as a recent robbery at a Shell Gas Station in Waukegan.
“Things are not getting better, and the only way to prevent this from happening is to lock all of our doors, so no one could come in,” said Kyle.
In addition to Thortons and Shell being located across the street from each other and near the expressway, there were other similarities between the gas station robberies:
- Police were alerted about the robberies early in the morning over a month apart – the North Shore Shell Gas Station at 2 a.m and Thortons Gas Station at 1 a.m.
- Lone attendants who were robbed at gunpoint were at both gas stations.
- Each gas station was hit by three suspects who had their faces covered.
- No one was injured in either incident.
Highland Park Deputy Police Chief Timothy Wilinski explained that in the past few months there have been armed robberies in both Lake and Cook Counties that have occurred late at night. “We have sent out information about our investigation to other law enforcement agencies in an effort to identify the suspect(s),” he said.
Willinski said Highland Park Police officers will be providing a Public Safety Alert in person to local businesses that are open during overnight hours to help protect the businesses and their employees. “Public safety is our priority and we will be conducting increased patrols,” he added.
Below is the HPPD Public Safety Alert that appeared in DailyNorthShore.com on December 30:
A lone attendant at the Shell Gas Station on Skokie Valley Road was robbed at gun-point on December 30 in the early morning hours, according to a Highland Park Police Department news alert.
Police were alerted at about 2 a.m. to the gas station, located at 10 Skokie Valley Road. According to the news alert, three men entered the store and demanded money from the attendant, and a handgun was displayed during the robbery. There were no customers in the store or at the gas pumps at the time of the robbery. No one was injured in the incident.
The three suspects are described as black men all wearing hooded sweatshirts. The suspects fled in a newer-model gray van (possibly a Honda Odyssey) driving southbound on the Edens Expressway.
Other suburban Chicagoland agencies that have experienced similar incidents have been notified of the situation and are assisting Highland Park Police Detectives in the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Highland Park Police at 847.432.7730.