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Two Chicago men charged with robbing cell phone store in Harvard

Joseph L. Macon Jr., 29, of Chicago.

A Chicago man is in custody and a warrant has been issued for a second suspect wanted in connection with robbing a cell phone store in Harvard in December.

Joseph L. Macon Jr., 29, of the 5600 block of North Sheridan Road in Chicago, was charged with one count of robbery, a Class 2 felony, and one count of retail theft over $300, a Class 3 felony.

The Harvard Police Department responded around 5:18 p.m. December 14 to the Boost Mobile, 59 North Ayer Street in Harvard, for a report of a theft that had just occurred.

Harvard Deputy Police Chief Tyson Bauman said that two suspects entered the store and asked about cell phones.

One of the suspects followed an employee into the back and told them to “cooperate” while the other suspect remained in the lobby area.

Boost Mobile, 59 North Ayer Street in Harvard | Photo: Google Street View.

Bauman said the suspect ordered the employee to place several cell phones into a bag and both subjects then left on foot in an unknown direction.

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The two suspects were described as male Blacks, between 5-foot-6 and 6-feet tall, and both in their 20s. Police did not say if the men were armed with any weapons.

According to court records, Macon was identified as one of the suspects and Dean L. Harris, 35, of Chicago, was also identified as a suspect.

Macon was arrested and transported to the McHenry County jail on January 15 after warrants were issued for both suspects. Harris has not been arrested yet.

A criminal complaint filed in court said that the pair stole five iPhone 11 Pro models and one iPhone 12 Pro.

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Harvard Police Department at 815-943-4431 or the Harvard Crime Stoppers at 815-943-4343.