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Men arrested in connection with armed robberies


Justin Banks

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Updated: January 17, 2014 2:44AM

Two local men are being held on charges of armed robbery after a police chase last week that began in Waukegan and ended in a crash near the Winthrop Harbor Police Department.

Justin Banks, 23, of Zion and Alan Green, 24, of North Chicago were allegedly working as a team in robbing payday loan businesses, including one they hit twice.

The chase began shortly after 12:39 p.m. last Thursday, Nov. 14, when Waukegan patrol officers responded to an alarm at Pay Day Loans, 2510 Grand Ave. At the same time, the department’s 911 call center received a report of an armed robbery in progress at the store.

The caller told police that an armed suspect had forced employees to a back room and demanded cash.

Police then spotted a vehicle, in which a suspect had reportedly fled. When the driver refused to yield, officers pursued the vehicle through Zion and into Winthrop Harbor.

Once in the area of 9th Street and Sheridan Road, the driver lost control and crashed into a parked car in a parking lot shared by the Winthrop Harbor Village Hall and Police Department. No injuries were reported.

Patrol officers used a K9 unit (police dog) in making the arrests.

Both Banks and Green were charged with aggravated unlawful restraint and armed robbery for the Oct. 25 robbery of the same Pay Day Loan business at 2510 Grand Avenue. They were both charged with attempted armed robbery of Title Max, 1801 Belvidere Road, Waukegan, on Nov. 11.

Green was also charged with aggravated unlawful restraint, armed robbery, resisting a police officer, and criminal damage to property in last Thursday’s escapade.

He was further charged with two counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding, aggravated reckless driving, two counts of disobeying a traffic control device, leaving the scene of a property accident, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving on a revoked driver’s license.

Both men are being held in the Lake County Jail, each on a $250,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 4.

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