Five suspects, including one who was out on bond for attempted murder, have been charged with burglarizing gas stations in Lake County and leading police on a pursuit into Chicago.
The Riverwoods Police Department received a call of a burglar alarm around 3:06 a.m. Tuesday at the Mobil gas station, located at Deerfield Road and Saunders Road.
Riverwoods Police Chief Bruce Dayno said officers arrived and found entry had been gained through a broken window.
Security video showed multiple suspects arriving in a gray Jeep and making entry, Dayno said.
The suspects stole cash and merchandise. They also attempted to move the ATM machine without success.
Lincolnshire Police Department Commander Jamie Watson said his officers began proactively checking gas stations in Lincolnshire after hearing about the burglary in Riverwoods.
One officer noticed a parked car at the Marathon gas station, 435 Milwaukee Avenue in Lincolnshire.
Watson said the officer discovered multiple suspects had broken into the gas station, but they did not have time to steal anything since officers interrupted them right after they forced entry to the building.
The suspects got back into a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee, which had recently been reported stolen.
The Jeep fled the gas station southbound on Milwaukee Avenue through Lincolnshire, police said.
An alert was put out through the Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network (ISPERN) to area police departments.
A Chicago Police Department helicopter spotted the vehicle traveling southbound on Interstate 94 from Lake Cook Road, according to police radio traffic.
Multiple police agencies pursued the vehicle through Chicago and to the 4700 block of North Sacramento Avenue in Chicago where the chase ended.
The five suspects fled the car and officers took all of them into custody nearby. Officers recovered two handguns in the Jeep.
Sharayra E. Williams, 19, of the 2300 block of Winslow Court in Bloomington, Indiana, was charged by Chicago Police Department with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and criminal trespass to a vehicle. (A booking photo was not immediately available for Williams).
The other four suspects were transported to the Lincolnshire Police Department and later transported to Lake County Jail.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charges of burglary, a Class 2 felony, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, Class 2 felony, and criminal damage to property, a Class 4 felony, against the four suspects.
Those four include Devontae Brown, 21, of the 5500 block West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago; Isiah Doss Jr, 21, of the 3800 block of West Polk Street in Chicago; Earl L. Glenn, 32, of the 3800 block of West Flournoy Street in Chicago; and Donald Rogers Jr, 18, of the 1300 block of North Hudson Avenue in Chicago.
Prosecutors said during a bond hearing Wednesday morning that Rogers was out on bond for an attempted murder charge in Chicago.
CWB Chicago reported last year that Rogers was charged with five counts of attempted murder in connection with a shooting that left a 19-year-old man paralyzed in March 2020.
Rogers, who was 17 at the time, got out of jail two days after his arrest when his mother posted 10% of his $100,000 bond, CWB Chicago reported.
Rogers remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $500,000 bond for his latest charges.
Brown and Doss remain held in the Lake County Jail on a $250,000 bond each, while Glenn remains held on a $100,000 bond.