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Two brothers arrested for Waukegan strong-arm robbery

Ricardo Anderson

Ricardo Anderson

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Updated: January 13, 2013 1:29AM

WAUKEGAN — Police arrested two brothers, 17 and 16, after they allegedly beat a man to get his telephone and wallet.

After the arrest, police learned the juvenile had just been let out of juvenile detention and has a string of prior arrests.

“The juvenile offender was only out for two days before he committed this robbery and has been locked up three times in the past 18 months,” Police Chief Daniel Greathouse said Tuesday. “Unfortunately, this revolving door is happening more and more in this economy.

“We are seeing such a dramatic increase in juveniles committing burglaries and robberies because there are no real consequences,” Greathouse added. “This kid is a menace to society. Hopefully, this time, they keep him locked up long enough to get the necessary intervention he clearly needs.”

On Friday, police responded to a robbery in the 1800 block of Walnut Street and learned the victim had walked past the two offenders listening to music on his cellphone.

After he passed the two, he was attacked from behind and the suspects beat him about the face and head, took his wallet and phone, and fled.

Police arrested Ricardo Anderson, 17, and his 16-year-old brother, both of whom live in the 2700 block of Florida Avenue.

Both gave full statements as to their involvement in the crime, police said. Ricardo was charged with robbery and is being held on $40,000 bond in Lake County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in Lake County Circuit Court on Dec. 4. His brother was also charged with robbery and transported to the Hulse Juvenile Detention Center in Vernon Hills.

Detectives learned the juvenile was just released from the detention center Nov. 7.

Among other arrests, the juvenile has been to the Hulse Detention Center three times in the past year for residential burglary, burglary, aggravated domestic battery and possession of marijuana.

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