TINLEY PARK, Ill. (CBS) — Police in Tinley Park were searching for two suspects after a woman was robbed at gunpoint in her own garage and a man was carjacked.
The robbery happened just after 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 17800 block of Woburn Road, police said.
The woman said she was getting out of her car in her garage when two men came up. They both had their faces partially concealed and they both had guns, police said.
The men took personal property from the woman and drove off in a light-colored sport-utility vehicle or minivan, police said.
CBS 2’s Tara Molina talked to the victim on Thursday night, but she remained too distraught to go on camera.
Shortly afterward, a man told police his vehicle was carjacked outside Tammy Shoemaker’s auto shop, Tinley Auto Repair & Towing Inc. at 17600 Duvan Dr.
“Everything just happened just very quickly, right out front,” Shoemaker said. “They knew what they were looking for.”
The man – a customer of the auto shop – was approached by two men with guns who matched the description of the robbers who assailed the woman, police said.
“Most likely, they followed them and waited for the opportunity,” Shoemaker said.
The men forced the victims from their vehicle and drove off in it, police said. Shoemaker and her husband were there when it happened.
“(The victim said): ‘That’s my car! That’s my car! They’re stealing my car!’” she said.
The men spend off. Shoemaker said one of her employees tried to follow, but lost them.
Police also found the occupied stolen vehicle and chased the suspects for a short time, but gave up on the chase for community safety reasons. The vehicle was later found empty in Orland Park.
Shoemaker told us it all came full circle when Tinley Park police called them to tow that very car.
No one was in custody Thursday night, and the investigation continued.