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South suburban woman accused of stick ups with her brother and children

Updated: November 10, 2011 12:37PM

A south suburban mom drove around the Southwest Side with her brother, sticking up immigrant women — and she took her kids along for the ride, prosecutors said.

Jaclyn Madera, 28, allegedly loaded her children into the back of a 1999 Oldsmobile van with her brother Steven Madera, 36, before stealing jewelry belonging to four women at gunpoint.

Both Maderas face six counts of armed robbery, because two of their alleged victims were also with children when they were robbed at gunpoint, assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Melissa Howlett said.

Following her arrest Thursday, Jaclyn Madera, of the 500 block of Second Street in Lemont, confessed to the Sept. 9, 11 and 12 robberies in and around the Brighton Park neighborhood, Howlett said.

She and her brother used a replica handgun and targeted women wearing gold necklaces, it’s alleged. They were arrested after police spotted them in a vehicle that fit the description given by one of the victims.

Steven Madera has a skin condition and has been hospitalized at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center since the arrest, according to police.

Both Maderas were ordered held on bail of $2 million this weekend.

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