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Lake Forest police arrest 2 Lake Co. men in string of home, vehicle burglaries

Lake Forest Police car.
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Lake Forest police arrested two Lake County men in connection with a series of home and car burglaries and luxury auto thefts that occurred overnight on April 30 and May 2.

Everett Robinson, 19, of 1128 Sheridan Road, Winthrop Harbor, and Marquis Jones, 21, of 1803 Hervey Ave., North Chicago, were charged with residential burglary, felony theft, criminal trespass to residence and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle. Both are being held at Lake County Jail on $100,000 bonds.

On June 11, Lake Forest detectives secured charges against the two men, who entered as many as eight Lake Forest homes while the victims were asleep inside.

Jones is scheduled to appear in Lake County Court on July 3; Robinson, on July 10.

In all, the two stole four cars and electronics from several Lake Forest homes, according to authorities. All four vehicles and many of the items were recovered, police said.

The two men targeted unlocked vehicles to find garage-door remote-entry devices in order to access attached garages, from which they entered the homes while the residents slept, looking for vehicle keys or electronic items they could sell, according to Lake Forest police.

The first Lake Forest rash of burglaries took place before 4 a.m. on April 30, when approximately 10 cars and several homes were burglarized in the 1600 block of West Devonshire Lane and the 800 block of West Larchmont.

A Honda was stolen from a driveway on Devonshire Lane and driven to the 800 block of West Larchmont Lane, where it was abandoned and later recovered.

Jones and Robinson entered the Larchmont home by using the remote garage door opener found in an unlocked Lexus, then entered the house through the unlocked access door, police said.

Inside the house, the offenders searched the homeowner’s purse, removed several items, and took the keys to a BMW and a Lexus parked in the driveway. Both vehicles were stolen and later recovered in North Chicago.

Another residential burglary was committed in the 600 block of North Burton Drive, where police said the men used the garage door opener in an unlocked vehicle to get into the house and steal a laptop computer.

Two days after police investigated the first string of incidents, a similar series of crimes occurred in the southeast Villa Turicum neighborhood.

In the May 2 Lake Forest burglaries, the two men entered a home in the 500 block of east Douglas Drive and stole at least two computers from the lower level and the keys to a Mercedes SUV, which was used to transport items from that home and a second home in the same block and two houses in the 500 block of Rockefeller Road, officials said.

A white full-size Dodge truck, stolen from the Kenosha area, was located on Douglas Drive. According to police reports, that truck was stolen overnight in a string of similar incidents of car and residential burglaries.

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