Needle found hidden on handle of gas pump in Chicago Ridge


CHICAGO RIDGE, IL – Motorists are advised to check gasoline pump nozzles before putting gasoline in their cars after a needle was found hidden Tuesday night at a Chicago Ridge gas station.

Police said a man felt something prick his finger when he pressed the handle of a gas pump at the Shell gas station on 111st Street and Ridgeland Avenue. When he looked at the handle, he saw a needle. There was an unknown white powder in the hollow area behind the needle, and an adhesive substance holding the assembly to the trigger of the gas nozzle.

The man was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center for an evaluation. Police said the man has so far been asymptomatic for any exposure.

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The Chicago Ridge Police Department is working with the Illinois State Police Laboratory to analyze the white powder.

If anyone comes across a similar gathering, they should immediately report it to the police.

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Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Chicago Ridge Police Investigation Division at 708-425-7831.

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