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Bill Jones, Editor
12:24 pm CST February 18, 2020

UPDATE: Orland Park Police said they recovered the victims’ vehicle on Feb. 18 in Hazel Crest, but no one is in custody as of the morning of Feb. 19.

Two masked men wielding handguns took a vehicle, wallet and purse from two people who were sitting in the parking lot of an Orland Park Jewel-Osco shortly after midnight Feb. 18.

Police responded at 12:14 a.m. to what they classified as a vehicular hijacking in the parking lot of the store at 17930 Wolf Road. Two people were sitting inside of a vehicle in a “desolated area” of the lot when another vehicle pulled up behind them, according to a press release issued the same day by the Orland Park Police Department.

The men opened the doors of the victims’ vehicle and ordered them get out, police said. The men allegedly removed a wallet and purse from the victims before driving away with the vehicle.

No one was injured in the vehicular hijacking, according to Lt. Ken Rosinski.

Rosinski said the vehicle in which the men arrived left the scene when they stole the victim’s vehicle. Initial information suggested the vehicle in which they arrived was a pickup truck, but Rosinski said police have not been able to verify that.

The victims’ vehicle was located the same day in Hazel Crest, but as of the morning of Feb. 19 no one was in custody, according to Rosinski.

One of the men was described by police as black, 5-foot-8, with a thin build, in his late teens to early 20s, wearing all black, including a hooded sweatshirt and a mask that covered the lower half of his face, as well as possibly wearing red Nike Air Jordan sneakers. The other man was described as black, 6 feet tall, in his late teens to early 20s, wearing skinny jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt, with a black mask covering his face, and possibly wearing white/cream Nike Huarache shoes.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

That Jewel-Osco location closes at midnight seven days a week. Rosinski said they victims were not employees of Jewel but work in the village, had just got done with their shifts and were talking at the time of the incident.

Anyone with more information is asked to call Orland Park Police at (708) 349-4111.