Men charged with string of armed robberies
By Dan Moran email@example.com August 20, 2013 12:24PM
Leroy Regan, 38, from 33000 block of Sunset in Grayslake was charged with 7 counts of armed robbery, 1 count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, and 1 count of a habitual criminal. | Submitted
Updated: September 22, 2013 6:24AM
A Grayslake man with a past history of armed robberies was held in Lake County Jail on $250,000 bond Tuesday after being arrested in connection with seven different robberies this month of convenience stores and businesses across the North Shore.
Waukegan Police report 38-year-old Leroy Regan of the 33000 block of Sunset Avenue was taken into custody in North Chicago earlier this week and charged not only with seven counts of armed robbery, but also one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm for firing at a fast-food employee during one of the incidents.
According to reports, Regan was charged with armed robberies at the following locations:
Dollar General, 1917 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in North Chicago, on Aug. 5; Family Dollar, 1701 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in North Chicago, on Aug. 6; Citgo, 2135 N. Green Bay Road in Waukegan, on Aug. 8; Taco Bell, 3200 N. Lewis Ave. in Waukegan, on Aug. 8; 7-Eleven, Green Bay and Yorkhouse roads in Beach Park, on Aug. 11; Thorntons, 55 Skokie Valley Road in Highland Park, on Aug. 12; Family Dollar, 1106 Washington St. in Waukegan, on Aug. 14; and 7-Eleven/Citgo, 500 Skokie Blvd. in Wilmette, on Aug. 15.
According to Waukegan Police Cmdr. Joe Florip, the arrest of Regan was the result of a multi-jurisdictional effort that was directly aided by the arrest of an alleged accomplice in the Aug. 15 Wilmette robbery.
Wilmette police reported last weekend that a witness to the 7-Eleven/Citgo incident approached an officer in his squad car at a nearby intersection to report seeing the clerk held up at gunpoint.
The officer reportedly confronted two suspects as they left the store and they fled on foot in opposite directions, but one was apprehended as he attempted to climb a fence following a short chase behind the store.
Arrested and charged in the Wilmette robbery was 30-year-old Jeffrey Valentine of Chicago.
He reportedly was held in Cook County Jail on $100,000 bond, and Wilmette police released information describing Valentine’s accomplice as a tall African-American male with a thin build, last seen wearing dark hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and dark tennis shoes.
Police reported the suspect was also armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.
Florip said Tuesday, Aug. 20, that police identified Regan as a suspect following the Wilmette incident.
“Waukegan put together a strike force team that was actively out watching businesses,” said Florip, “and by Aug. 16, we were actively looking for (Regan).”
Regan has served time in prison at various points in the past, including a sentence of three years for a January 2000 armed robbery at Best Inn in Waukegan.
In that incident, the then-24-year-old Regan reportedly displayed a chrome handgun and took $180 from counter staff.
Because of his record of convictions, Regan was also charged under Illinois statute with one count of being an armed habitual criminal, a Class X felony charge that arises from having three offenses involving a weapon.
In this month’s incidents, police report the offender displayed a handgun to employees while generally attempting to conceal his appearance. According to Waukegan police reports, the suspect in the local robberies wore either a gray hoodie or a partial mask.
In the Aug. 8 robbery at Taco Bell, the offender allegedly fired a shot at an employee, who was not injured.
According to Florip, the eight robberies are still considered an open investigation, with police still following leads.