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Police: Downers Grove Man Used Gun to Rob Local Gas Station of Cash, Cigarettes

Reginald M. Striblin, 28, of the 2200 block of Prentiss Drive, was charged with aggravated robbery after holding up a Mobil gas station on 63rd Street on Dec. 7, police said.

A Downers Grove man is accused of using a gun to rob a local gas station of cash and cigarettes, police said.

Reginald M. Striblin, 28, of the 2200 block of Prentiss Drive, was charged with aggravated robbery after holding up a Mobil gas station, located at 2181 63rd St., on Dec. 7, police said.

According to police, Striblin entered the gas station around 4:40 a.m., pulled out a gun, and demanded the clerk give him money and cigarettes. The clerk handed over the items and Striblin fled the scene, police said.

No one was injured during the incident, according to police.

Downers Grove Police Chief Robert Porter said information collected by investigators led them to Striblin, who lives near the gas station. He was arrested shortly after with items in his possession that were linked to the robbery, police said.

Porter said Striblin remains in custody at the DuPage County Jail. His next court date is Dec. 18, according to court records.

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Sam D December 12, 2012 at 03:43 PM
With the new conceal carry law on it's way to our lovely state, this should occur less and less. Finally, the little old citizens will have a fighting chance against the thugs!
Olivia B December 12, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Amen to that, Sam D!
Geoge Zimmerman December 12, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Gun law and defending myself didn't work out so god for me.
Sam D December 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM
With comments from made up people like yourself, it's no wonder the country is headed where it's headed. Do you have an opinion about this ban being lifted?
Geoge Zimmerman December 13, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Yea, who will be to blame when untrained people shoot the wrong person ?
Robert Johnson December 13, 2012 at 03:56 AM
He held up the closest gas station to where he lived? Dangerous, stupid, AND lazy.
Kelly December 13, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Untrained people (the thugs) are already shooting the "wrong" or innocent person. The handgun ban has done nothing to stop that. The criminals just ignore the law, imagine that.... Many many more people die in this state because people drink and drive or text and drive.
Sam D December 13, 2012 at 04:25 PM
According to what I have read thus far, in order to obtain a conceal carry permit you must first take and pass a gun test. That would only make sense. Personally, they should make everyone, regardless of conceal carry or not, take a shooting range test and possibly even a psych test. Perhaps this might eliminate guns getting into the hands of mentally unstable individuals. I do believe that this could be a slippery slope. I do worry about individuals who take the responsibility lightly. However, there are car owners, dog owners, etc., that are not responsible. Should we not allow people to drive or own dogs? Life is a gamble. You have to be aware of your surroundings and pray!!! Allowing average citizens guns to protect themselves will not cause mayhem. A police officers gun could discharge accidentally. Shall we just make them peace officers? No guns at all? Will that make the world safer? Allow our government to be the only gun owners? How do you think that would work out for the American citizens? How has it worked out for other countries????
Geoge Zimmerman December 13, 2012 at 05:50 PM
SAM Your right. The average citizen will take the training, keep practicing, pass the psyc. and decision making courses I would guess the police do. So many people behave after they get a Drivers License, I'm sure the gun license will be great. Good Luck because you must live on Fantasy Island
Sam D December 13, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I am not sure what you mean when you say so many people behave after they get a drivers license. I said that some people don't act responsibly when driving a car or owning a dog so should we take those things away from them??? I am not living on Fantasy island. I wish i did. I wish I lived in a time where you could go to a midnight viewing of Batman and not get shot. I wish I could go to a university and not get shot during class. I wish I could go to a mall and not get shot. However, we don't live in a time like that. So what do you think needs to be done? Any suggestions, if being able to carry a concealed weapon isn't a viable option?
Daivd Henney December 13, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Sam, guess the number of people who could of figured out who was shooting at them in a movie theater with a high powered weapon, then returned accurate fire. It is about 1%, Navy Seals, Delta Force etc. NOT YOU OR ME. I wish I could, age and training are not up to task. You feel a 380 or 9-40-45-357 whatever, you gonna fight those rifles, not gonna happen./ More likely every traffic altercation and parking lot staredown brings a weapon. I OWN GUNS, But understand my limitations, most people dont.
Patch61 December 14, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Let's just look at the data: Highly trained police are mostly shot with their own weapons. About 1/3 rd of highly trained soldiers do not fire their weapon in direct combat. The industrial nations have a trivial fraction of the shootings with guns as the USA. Shootings (not gun murders) in the USA have increased 50% since the year 2000. In Manhattan a few months ago, a dozen bystanders were shot by police as the police tried to shoot dead a man who wasn't trying to shoot them. Yesterday in Manhattan a man was shot execution style to the back of his head. His gun was of no use to him. The City of Chicago can't even tell you how many people were shot or shot at in any given year. (Try a FOIA and see.) There is no way to shoot someone if you do not have a gun. You can't be shot by someone who does not have a gun.
Patch61 December 14, 2012 at 01:44 AM
49 states have "concealed carry" and now Illinois does, too. Yet, shootings have gone up 50% in the last 10 years (not to be confused with gun murders which have dropped due to medical science). The fact is simple: the more guns that people have, the more people will be shot by them regardless of if they are concealed.
Tom Koz December 14, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Read the Book "More Guns, Less Crime"!!
Sam D December 14, 2012 at 02:32 AM
www.cato.org/pubs/wtpapers/WP-Tough-Targets.pdf A very good read! In 2009, there were 10,839 fatalities in crashes involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher – 32 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year. Again, shall we ban alcohol and or cars? 10K PLUS deaths that were preventable. 158,592 people in the United States died from lung cancer, including 88,541 men and 70,051 women. Shall we ban cigarettes? Or should we just dictate that they may not smoke anywhere outside of their homes as to not endanger anyone else? Besides lung cancer, tobacco use also increases the risk for cancers of the mouth, lips, nasal cavity (nose) and sinuses, larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterus, cervix, colon/rectum, ovary (mucinous), and acute myeloid leukemia. (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2012) THIS IS SPECIFIC TO TOBACCO USE.... In the United States, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths; this equals about 443,000 early deaths each year. (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2012) 443K DEATHS PER YEAR BECAUSE OF TOBACCO. Anyone want to say that these things should be banned? If not, then I would say you are hypocrites. I have said before that this is a slippery slope. However, nothing in life is a guarantee. It sucks but it's true. Death is lurking around every corner, every minute of every day. If you want to regulate something, try GOOD OLD FASHIONED FAMILY VALUES!!
Dan F. December 14, 2012 at 02:24 PM
The Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division of the DOJ that tracks that kind of information, say the exact opposite of what Patch 61 says. Victims, 1,300,000, and incidents, 1,050,000, peaked in 1993. In 2009, both were below 400,000. Now, maybe society has become more peaceful, and there is no connection to guns, but the crime statistics, almost across the board, have gone down since the mid 1990's.
Rick December 16, 2012 at 06:41 PM
"Dangerous, stupid AND lazy." That about sums all of em up in three words. Nice job.
Downers Grove GOPer January 17, 2013 at 02:50 PM
CT has conceal carry and that did not stop a kid with an automatic weapon from killing 26 people and then himself. Conceal carry does nothing for public safety and I think hurts it because there are even more guns out in the public. How many guns will be stolen and misused after they are left on a counter in public bathroom, on a car seat, etc? Guns for the protection of the home and families should be kept in the home and have a trigger lock on all of them. If that Mom had her guns locked up that kid would not have killed her and all those at the school. This is simple for those that want more guns out there just keep them locked up for the registered owners to use when they must.

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