Police from Vernon Hills, Highland Park, Lake Forest and Gurnee collectively arrested five men in connection with a string of home invasions, robberies and thefts between June 26 and July 1.
Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim approved the charges, which now also includes arson after one of the defendants allegedly lit a car on fire while eluding police.
Everett D. Robinson, 19, of the 1000 block of Sheridan Road, Winthrop Harbor; and Marquis X. Jones, 22, of the 1800 block of Hervey Ave., North Chicago, were charged with residential burglary, theft, criminal trespass to residence and unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Additionally, Rayshaun Jones, 21, of the 1800 block of Hervey Ave., North Chicago; Jero M. Odiscu, 21, of the 900 block of Broadway Ave., North Chicago; and Eric Green, 19, of the 2000 block of Sherman Ave., North Chicago, were charged with home invasion, residential burglary, burglary and arson. Green also faces an additional charge of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.
The five individuals allegedly entered numerous homes through either unlocked windows or unlocked doors, according to a statement issued by Nerheim. The men also entered unlocked cars and used garage door openers to gain entry to the homes, officials said.
Once inside the residences, according to Nerheim’s statement, the defendants searched for car keys and other personal property. Upon leaving, the men used the car keys to steal the homeowners’ vehicles.
Six such invasions occurred in Vernon Hills, as reported on June 26.
On one occasion, according to Nerheim, the defendants confronted a homeowner with a gun and demanded money. Vernon Hills police spokesman Kim Christianson confirmed on June 26 that one of the Vernon Hills home invasions included a confrontation between a resident and burglar. The resident was not harmed, Christianson said at the time.
Green was arrested July 1 after allegedly leading Highland Park police on a high-speed chase.
Vernon Hills, Highland Park, Gurnee and Lake Forest police later sought out and found Rayshaun Jones and Odiscu, who in the meantime stole another car and set it on fire in North Chicago, police said.
Representatives from the state’s attorney’s office were unable to confirm how the five individuals know each other or if they’re affiliated to a gang. The events leading up to the high-speed chase July 1 has not yet been disclosed in court.
It’s also unclear how the four police departments linked their cases together. On June 26, Christianson said the six Vernon Hills cases had the same method of operation because they took place late at night on the same day and little effort was used while gaining entry in unusual ways.
The Vernon Hills home invasions were in the 300 blocks of LaSalle Street and Ranney Avenue in the Centennial Crossing subdivision, police said. Another happened in the 1000 block of Sanctuary Court in Sanctuary Point, and one occurred in the 800 block of Writer Court in the Writer Estates subdivision.
The five men were indicted July 2 and July 3.