UPDATE: Four Men Now Charged in Armed Jewelry Store Robbery
Two men had sped away east on I-80 after the robbery, but were found a few days after.
Updated, Tuesday, Nov. 1
Two more men were accused of robbing an Orland Park jewelry store at gunpoint and fleeing from police.
Antoinne C. Kelly, 31, of the 800 block of White Oak Lane in University Park, and Charles Harper, 37, of the 2900 block of West 183rd Street in Lansing, were each charged with two counts of armed robbery.
Kelly and Harper posed as customers and asked to see engagement rings while in Jewelry Gems and Designs on Oct. 25, according to a release from the Orland Park Police Department. Harper then suddenly pulled out a handgun and threatened the store owner and an employee, after which the men bound the owner’s and employee’s hands with duct tape, police said.
The employee and store owner were not injured during the robbery, police said.
Darrin O. Carter, 32, of the 3300 block of West Polk Street in Chicago, was then let into the store, and the three men started gathering jewelry on display, according to the release. The three men then left the store and split into two cars.
Lance P. Vaughn, 32, of the 3400 block of Congress Parkway in Chicago, was waiting as lookout in a car outside the store, police said. Carter was caught with Vaughn a few minutes after the robbery, while Kelly and Harper outsped a pursuing police officer south on LaGrange Road to I-80 in a Chevy Malibu.
Police found the Malibu three days after the robbery in Richton Park, as well as a 9mm pistol, though police have not said if it was the weapon used in the robbery.
Harper was arrested on Wednesday around 11:30 p.m. in Lansing, and Kelly was arrested Friday in Chicago Heights around 5:15 p.m.
Bail was set at $500,000 for Harper. Kelly was not granted bail due to a parole violation.
Both are scheduled to be back in court on Nov. 21.
Updated, Friday, Oct. 28
Two men were charged with felonies Wednesday in connection to an armed robbery at an Orland Park jewelry store.
Lance P. Vaughn, 32, of the 3400 block of Congress Parkway in Chicago, and Darrin O. Carter, 32, of the 3300 block of West Polk Street in Chicago, were each charged with two counts of felony armed robbery, a Class X felony. Bail was set at $500,000 for both men and they are both expected back in court on Nov. 21.
Police are still looking for two other men involved with the robbery who eluded officers and drove away down I-80.
The store owner and witnesses to the attack offered the following description of the two suspects:
- Male, African American, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 250 pounds, facial hair. He was wearing a dark baseball cap, dark blue short sleeve tshirt and blue jeans
- Male, African American, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 220 pounds, facial hair. He was wearing a dark baseball cap, and a tan long-sleeved sweater
The owner of Jewelry Gems and Designs, 9542 W. 147th St., reported three men had demanded jewelry and cash after displaying a handgun, on Tuesday around 3:50 p.m., according to a news release from the Orland Park Police Department.
The four men took an undisclosed amount of jewelry, and fled the area in two cars. Orland Park police caught one of the vehicles about a block away from the store, but a second vehicle got away, according to the release.
A newer model, dark blue Chevy Malibu sedan, without a front license plate and with an Indiana dealer plate, was seen by an Orland Hills police officer driving south on LaGrange Road shortly after the robbery happened, police said. A chase ensued and the Malibu would not stop for the police car. The Malibu was last seen speeding on I-80 east towards I-57, and the officer stopped following because of speed, according to the release.
The business owner and an employee were in the store at the time of the robbery, but neither were hurt, police said.
The jewelry and gun have not been recovered.
Anyone with information on the incident or the suspects should call the Orland Park Police Department at 708-349-4111.
Clarification: The robbery occured on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The original release sent from OPPD read the incident happened on Sept. 25.