Robbery Suspect Charged

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May 7, 2009

Administration - Press Releases - 2009

Robbery Suspect Charged

GURNEE, IL - May 7, 2009 - Gurnee police today charged an 18 year old Waukegan man with the robbery at the Gurnee Discount Furniture store on Tuesday morning, May 5, 2009. The suspect was a part time employee of the store for the past 6 months. The victim, manager of the store, was attacked from behind and wasn’t aware of who attacked him at the time of the incident.

Charged was Theopolis O. Owens, 18, 1901 N. Lewis Ave Waukegan. Owens was charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery (Class 3 Felony) and one count of Robbery (Class 2 Felony). Owens appeared in bond court this afternoon in Waukegan and was remanded to the Lake County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

At 10:42 AM on May 5, 2009, Gurnee Police received a 911 call of a robbery that had just occurred at the Gurnee Discount Furniture Store, located at 3535 W. Grand Ave. At approximately 10:39 AM, the offender entered the store through the front entrance, walked around the counter and surprised the store manager. The offender struck the manager several times in the face and head. The offender then removed the manager’s wallet and left the store through the front doors. The suspect fled south on foot. There were some witnesses out in the parking lot that saw the suspect leave the store and run south through the parking lot. The ffender got away with the wallet and an undisclosed amount of cash.

At 10:53 AM the Gurnee Police Department received a call of a suspicious Penske Rental truck parked in the parking lot at the Assisi Homes of Gurnee located at 3495 W Grand Ave, just to the east of Gurnee Discount Furniture. Witnesses reported seeing a male black subject matching the description of the suspect, enter the truck and drive away, heading east on Grand Ave. An area broadcast was issued on the truck. Zion Police located the truck and stopped the vehicle for investigation. Owens was driving the truck and was taken into custody for questioning.

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Revised 05/07/09