The FBI released new details and photos Tuesday from the armored car robbery that occurred near an Orland Park bar during a busy bar crawl event Saturday afternoon.
At about 2:15 p.m. Saturday, a Brink’s vehicle was robbed outside the Xfinity store, 14225 S. 95th Ave., according to a news release from the FBI. The Xfinity store is next to the Orland Ale House, where videos showed customers taking cover as the robbery unfolded.
During the robbery, three people, all holding semi automatic pistols, got out of an SUV driven by a fourth person, according to the FBI. The three people forced the driver on to the truck and took what was inside, officials said.
The four men then drove off in the SUV, according to the FBI.
Tom McMullen, the owner of Orland Ale House, said Saturday was the Orland Park Irish Trolley event where four trolleys drove between six bars, including Orland Ale House, for a bar crawl.
The bar crawl started at 1 p.m., so by the time the robbery took place, Orland Ale House had about 70 people inside and 20 people on the patio, McMullen said.
McMullen said his two daughters were working at the bar Saturday and one of them yelled out about a robbery right outside.
“My general manager and I told everyone ‘go into the cooler, the restroom, behind the bar, go to the kitchen. Crouch down, out of sight,’” McMullen said.
The robbery unfolded in 10 minutes, McMullen said. He called police, and the police arrived to the scene as the getaway car drove off, McMullen said.
The Orland Ale House is on the edge of a round-a-bout so the getaway car could only go in one direction, McMullen said. The car drove toward the nearby Mariano’s and then likely took a nearby side street to get to La Grange Road, he said.
Police closed the round-a-bout after the robbery, McMullen said, so the trolley on the bar crawl couldn’t make it to Orland Ale House for about two hours.
“The trolleys didn’t want to come down because they didn’t know what the situation was,” McMullen said.
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McMullen said he was shocked that the robbery took place because the area is generally very safe.
“Nothing like that has ever happened here,” McMullen said.
The Brink’s vehicle is being processed for evidence by police and the FBI, Orland Park police Cmdr. Ken Rosinski said, so Brink’s officials haven’t had a chance to go through the vehicle’s logs to determine how much money was taken.
In a statement, Brink’s officials said the employee driving the truck was not hurt but declined to share more information because the investigation is ongoing.
The FBI asks anyone with information about this robbery to call 312-421-6700 or email tips.fbi.gov.