Accused Jewelry Robbers Plead Not Guilty
Four men are facing 23 to 27 counts related to kidnapping and armed robbery, many of which are felonies.
Four men charged with felonies in connection with the armed robbery of an Orland Park jewelry store pleaded not guilty in court Friday.
According to the Orland Park Police Department, Antoinne Kelly, 31, and Charles Harper, 37, allegedly entered Jewelry Gems and Designs, 9542 W. 147th St., on Oct. 25 posing as customers and then, brandishing a gun, tied the store’s employee and owner with duct tape.
A third man, Darrin Carter, entered and helped gather an undisclosed amount of jewelry before splitting up into two cars, one driven by Lance Vaughn, police said.
Carter and Vaughn, both 32 and from Chicago, were stopped within minutes, whereas Kelly, of University Park, and Harper, of Lansing, managed to outmaneuver officers on I-80, police said.
Days after the robbery, they were arrested separately.
The employee and store owner were not reported injured.
All four men have been indicted on 23 to 27 counts related to aggravated kidnapping, unlawful use of a weapon and armed robbery, a Class X felony, which by itself carries a sentence of 6 to 30 years.
Bail was set at $500,000 a piece, except for Kelly, who was denied the possibility of release.
Pretrial hearings begin Jan. 4, 2012.