Updated: January 5, 2013 6:19AM
WAUKEGAN — A recent spate of armed robberies on Waukegan’s North Side ended Saturday when the police department’s Strike Force and K-9 unit teamed up with patrol officers to arrest two juvenile suspects.
On Saturday evening, police responded to the 600 block of N. County Street for an armed robbery when they received a second armed-robbery call in the 900 block of Ash Street.
Patrol officers and Strike Force officers, who are assigned to target specific crimes in areas, flooded the area and saw two suspects matching the description of the robbers walking down the middle of Popular Street. When they were approached by officers, they both fled.
One suspect was caught after a short foot chase while the second suspect was found hiding in some bushes in the 900 block of Popular Street.
Responding officers also located a black BB gun the suspects used in the robberies and disposed of during the foot pursuit.
Victims from both armed robberies were able to identify the suspects and while the two were being interviewed, they admitted to a third armed robbery on Nov. 27 in the 300 block of 4th Street.
Both juveniles, from Waukegan, were charged with armed robbery and transported to the Hulse Juvenile Detention Center in Vernon Hills. One is a 15-year-old who lives in the 0 to 100 block of S. Lewis Avenue; the other is a 16-year-old from the 600 block of Ash Street.
“We created the Strike Force to proactively target specific crimes and it paid off. The residents in this area no longer have to deal with these two predators preying on their own neighbors,” Police Chief Daniel Greathouse said Monday.
“Parents need to be responsible for knowing what their kids are up to and work hard to keep their children on the right side of the law,” he added.