On Monday night, a man entered the Bleeding Heart Bakery in Oak Park and demanded the cashier hand over all of the money in the shop's cash register. But he wasn't satisfied with that haul and then led the cashier down to the basement where he ordered her to remove the money from the bakery's safe before taking her cell phone and car keys and locking her in a storeroom.
The suspect, described by the Tribune as a 5 foot 8 inches tall 24-year old male wearing a brown baseball hat and hoodie, left with approximately $3,550. Following the burglary, Bleeding Heart posted to its Facebook page that they would close the shop for a few days "as we recoup from last nights robbery and reaccess [sic] our business here." They asked fans to keep the employee in mind and that they'd keep customers updated about when the shop will reopen.
· Oak Park Bakery Robbed, Cashier Locked in Storeroom [Trib Local]
UPDATE—Eater just heard from bakery owner Michelle Garcia who said the employee was actually "beaten pretty badly" and choked by the attacker until he left her unconscious. She was locked in the storage closet for two hours and was only then found when another building tenant heard her screaming. The damage to the property was pretty extensive and will need a lot of work if Garcia and her husband, Vinny Garcia, will be able to reopen the shop. She added they are updating security by adding video cameras, doubling up shifts and having police on hand during closing hours.
UPDATE #2: Oak Park police have released a sketch of the suspect. If you have any information, it is recommended you call Oak Park police at 708-386-3800 or leave an anonymous tip at 708-434-1636.