File Photo | Credit: Winthrop Harbor Police Department

The suspects in two separate armed robberies in Winthrop Harbor have been caught by police, including the suspects in a third attempted robbery where a police officer caught the suspects as they were about to enter a gas station.

On July 26 just before 10 p.m., a Winthrop Harbor police officer on routine patrol saw two black men walking toward the front door of a Shell Gas Station at 901 Sheridan Road. The officer saw that one of the men had a gun and both of them had tried to hide their identity by wrapping t-shirts around their faces.

“Recognizing the extremely dangerous situation that was developing, the officer immediately radioed his observations, requested assistance, activated his vehicles emergency equipment and drove his vehicle into the gas station parking lot to confront the armed individuals,” the Winthrop Harbor Police Department said.

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“Due to the officer’s quick action, at extreme danger to himself, the armed offenders did not enter into the Shell Gas station, but instead fled on foot, jumping numerous fences while fleeing from the officer.”

The two suspects were located after a search and police recovered a handgun.

The next day, also around 10 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at the BP Gas Station, 12720 Sheridan Road in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot from the BP gas station towards Winthrop Harbor.

Winthrop Harbor police officers responded to assist the Pleasant Prairie Police Department and Kenosha County Sheriff Department.

“After an exhaustive search, three Winthrop Harbor Police Officers located the offender hiding in a trailer that was parked in a storage yard,” the Winthrop Harbor Police Department said. The suspect was arrested and a handgun was recovered.

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On August 12 around 10:15 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at the Mobil Gas Station, 847 Sheridan Road, Winthrop Harbor. The offender fled on foot and was captured by the Kenosha Police Department. The suspect is awaiting extradition to Illinois.

“Through excellent police work by our patrol officers and detective bureau, all of the offenders related to these three incidents have been identified, criminally charged or await charges,” Winthrop Harbor Police said.

“The cooperation and cohesive efforts with our law enforcement partners from the Zion, Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha City and Kenosha County Police Departments was instrumental in bring these cases to closure.”