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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

when Forest Parkers go bad

I don't know if this is among the most important stories of the week. It's not like shooting a neighbor's pitbull, but...

Suburban Life (Gina Kenny):
A Forest Park man is being held on $150,000 bail after an armed robbery Aug. 27 at the food court of North Riverside Park Mall.

Warren C. Mathis, 35, placed an order at the Baskin Robbins in the food court of North Riverside Park Mall, 7501W. Cermak Road, at about 2:30 p.m. Aug. 27. Mathis paid for the order, and when the employee opened the cash register to make change, Mathis lifted his shirt to reveal a gun, North Riverside Police Chief Anthony Garvey said.

Poor Mr. Mathis. He didn't get any respect. The manager of the store and security guards all challenged him under the assumption he was unarmed.

Does this mean if you're gonna do armed robbery you've got to keep the gun visible?

(I pulled this story to show that I am checking more than just the Forest Park Review and Pioneer Press.)

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