Three men robbed a North Riverside Park Mall jewelry store on Tuesday night, making off with a watch valued at $14,000, police have reported.
North Riverside police say that the three men — all wearing black hooded sweatshirts (with the hoods up) and sunglasses — walked into Treasures jewelry store near the food court of the mall, 7501 Cermak Road, at about 8:05 p.m.
One of the men reportedly asked a clerk to show him a Rolex watch. When the clerk handed the watch to the man so he could look at it, one of the other two men pulled out what appeared to be a revolver with an orange tip on the barrel and pointed it at the employee.
At that point, all three men left the store — with the watch — and ran through the food court, where the subject with the pistol raised his arm and fired toward the ceiling of the food court.
Police said that the appearance of an orange tip on the barrel of the weapon could indicate that it was a starter pistol or some type of cap gun and not an actual revolver. Police found no evidence of a projectile striking the ceiling of the food court, where the gun was fired.
The three subjects reportedly left the mall, heading toward Cermak Road, in a silver SUV.
Police described the man who approached the employee to ask about the watch as a black male, about 23 to 24 years old, standing 5-foot-8 with a slim build and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and tight sweatpants.
The subject with the gun was described as a black male between 5-foot-10 and 6 feet tall, weighing about 160 pounds, sporting a mustache and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black baseball cap and sunglasses.
The third subject was described as a black male between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10 with a slim build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and tan boots.