Deerfield Teens Charged In Highland Park Burglary
Two 17-year-olds have been charged as adults for breaking into a Highland Park home with a gun on Thursday.
Deerfield residents Joseph J. Mahoney and Joshua S. Norris, both 17, were charged as adults for Thursday's burglary in the 3000 block of Parkside in Highland Park.
At 7:22 a.m. on Thursday, the Highland Park police received a call that a male wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants was spotted in a Highland Park home by the homeowners, with what appeared to be a rifle. He fled on foot, and was last seen heading north towards the park area. No one was injured.
At 9:19 a.m., a Lake Forest officer assisting the Highland Park police located Mahoney in the area of Half-Day Road and Ridge Road, according to Highland Park Deputy Police Chief Dave Schwarz. Officers found a long gun lying along the roadway a short distance away in the 1500 block of Half-Day Road.
Police investigation led to the arrest of Norris, who is an acquaintance of Mahoney's and appears to have been involved in planning the break-in, according to Schwarz.
"It wasn't random," Schwarz said about the targets of the burglary. "There was familiarity with the residents."
Both Mahoney and Norris have been charged with home invasion, residential burglary and possession of a stolen firearm, according to the Highland Park Police Department. They were transferred to the Lake County court building, where bond was set at $150,000 each.