Lansing Police investigating armed vehicle hijacking at Walmart

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Lansing Police
By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (October 8, 2021) – The Lansing Police Department is continuing to investigate an armed vehicle hijacking near Walmart in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 2.

At 3 a.m. last Saturday, a Walmart employee was on his break while smoking a cigarette in his vehicle, a red 2014 Nissan Altima. He was approached by a masked individual carrying a semi-automatic handgun. The individual was wearing white shorts and a gray T-shirt as he forcibly took control of the vehicle. No shots were fired and no one was injured in the hijacking.

The investigation is currently active, said Lansing Police Detective Lieutenant Scott Bailey Thursday.

“We do have some leads we’re following up on,” he said. “There were some surrounding businesses that had video cameras and we’re collecting images.”

Bailey also said the department is reviewing license plate camera footage from LPD vehicles, explaining that when emergency lights are turned on, LPD vehicles begin video recording. Those recordings can later be examined to see if an officer responding to the scene drove past a vehicle with a license plate of interest.

Bailey said the vehicular hijacking is the first to happen at Walmart.

Residents with information about the hijacking can call the LPD’s non-emergency line at 708-895-7150. The Lansing Police Department is located at 2710 170th Street.

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