$500K bond for man charged with attempted robbery of Oakbrook jewelry store
BY JAMES SCALZITTI Staff Reporerfirstname.lastname@example.org June 29, 2013 2:14PM
Updated: June 29, 2013 2:46PM
A Detroit man was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail Saturday for allegedly trying to rob an Oakbrook Center jewelry store last weekend.
At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, 25-year-old Levert Jones and two accomplices allegedly entered the C.D. Peacock store at the mall, DuPage County prosecutors said.
Shortly afterward, it’s alleged, Jones pulled a dark object, later determined to be a sledgehammer, from his waistband and began smashing a glass merchandise case containing watches and jewelry.
An armed, in-store security guard pulled out his weapon and ordered Jones to stop what he was doing and lie on the ground, authorities said.
After initially complying with the security guard’s orders, Jones allegedly tried to escape when the security guard attempted to handcuff him. After a brief struggle, the security guard discharged his weapon, striking Jones in the abdomen, police said.
Oak Brook police officers arrived at the scene a short time afterward and Jones was taken to a Good Samaritan Hospital. He was charged with one count of attempted armed robbery.
After the attempted robbery, Jones’ accomplices allegedly left the store on foot and then left the mall in a vehicle that had previously been stolen from the mall parking lot, the state’s attorney’s office said.
Police recovered a black sport utility vehicle stolen by the other two men who fled the jewelry store. The vehicle was abandoned in an Oakbrook Terrace strip mall. Oak Brook police have obtained surveillance photos from the store of the other two suspects and are working to enhance the quality of the images.
Police are asking that anyone with information regarding the incident contact the Oak Brook Police Department at (630) 368-8760 or the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office at (630) 407-8000.