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Two men charged in connection with two separate armed robberies in Beach Park

Deon L. Brown, 27, of Waukegan, and Cortez K. Thurmond, 29, of Great Lakes.

A Waukegan man and a Great Lakes man were both arrested and charged in connection with two armed robberies in Beach Park in August.

Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that the Citgo gas station, located at 38512 North Sheridan Road in Beach Park, was robbed at gunpoint on August 30.

The 7-Eleven store, located at 37763 North Green Bay Road in Beach Park, was also robbed at gunpoint on the same day.

An arrest warrant was issued on September 17 for Deon L. Brown, 27, of the 1600 block of Sunset Avenue in Waukegan, and his accomplice, Cortez K. Thurmond, 29, of the 4100 block of Seadragon Court in Great Lakes.

The warrant was for charges of armed robbery and aggravated robbery.

Evidence collected by a sheriff’s evidence technician and a thorough investigation by sheriff’s detectives led them to determine Brown and Thurmond were responsible for the robberies.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Team developed information on Monday that Brown was at his residence in Waukegan.

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Brown, a convicted felon, saw the warrants team approaching his apartment complex and fled on foot, Covelli said.

He was apprehended a short time later by members of the warrants team along with a Waukegan Police Department canine team. Officers found Brown in possession of a loaded pistol magazine.

Thurmond was previously arrested in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, and held on the arrest warrant.

He was transferred to the Lake County jail on October 2 where he is being held on a $250,000 bond. Thurmond is scheduled to appear in court on October 27.

In addition to the charges contained in the arrest warrant, Brown was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and resisting arrest.

He is being held in the Lake County jail on a $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on November 11.


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