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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

Earlier: 

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.

Steve S. August 13, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Andrew, don't be intimidated by Walter P., he is the offensive one and it's no surprise that he finds himself to be an "esteemed" lawyer. His comments and grammar show quite the opposite. This esteemed lawyer as he call himself, has to you to shut up, and tried to insult me about living in my mom's basement. Well Walter, it isn't working, you still sound like a moron. I'm picturing Walt as the "40 year old virgin". Sitting in a law office, not to many clients, not to many friends, angry at the world because he is esteemed yet somehow not reaching the success he has been striving for. I can't imagine there is a wife and kids in the picture because you are too bitter. Walt I won't tell you to shut up, I will tell you to keep talking as it is making Andrews comment look that much better. I will leave you alone now, I hear my mom calling me for breakfast from upstairs.
Steve S. August 13, 2012 at 01:26 PM
You are correct when you say if these were African American kids, there would not be such an uproar, and that too is a shame. The kids need to and will be punished. What kind parent wouldn't have their kids back though? And especially up here on the North Shore where everyone says we can afford it. Even those south sider kids have their parents support when they mess up, why shouldn't these kids. It's tough talk to say you would abandon your kids, but when faced with the situation I'd be willing to bet you'd be right there at their side.
Steve S. August 13, 2012 at 02:02 PM
This is a very sensible option. There are programs at DHS and the junior highs that utilize the police and other professionals for this. there is a Deerfield Parenting network at the high school. Unfortunately, these programs are not always well attended.
Walter P. August 13, 2012 at 05:42 PM
before you go to breakfast STEVE, may i remind you of a few grammatical and spelling errors you may have typed. The fragment: "This esteemed lawyer as he call himself" makes very little sense. "Call" should be replaced with "Calls". Also, further down in your 3rd grade level passage I noticed this: "not to many clients, not to many friends" this gave me a good laugh coming from Steve "grammatical basement man" S. considering that the difference between "to" and "too" is considered elementary level. before you bring up this case again I would advise you to rethink your life. If i had to estimate the amount of comments you have made on this article alone, we would be in triple digits. I really feel bad for you. hundreds of hours spent on PATCH, and you're still "not good at it". Not shame on you, I pity you and feel bad for you and the family that you have left for the comment section of the Highland Park Patch Comment Bar. -Walter
Walter P. August 13, 2012 at 05:47 PM
at least you admit to having not much of a life outside of computer commenting. i really am just starting to feel bad for you
Steve S. August 13, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Walter, there is a difference between a typo, and not knowing when to use the word site and sight. Don't be so upset, I'm sure your parents gave you the best education they could, it's never too late to back to school. I'm sure Andrew could teach you a few things if you're afraid you wouldn't make it though school a second time, it's obvious the first time didn't go so well. So go on and keep telling people to shut up, it's seems to make you feel smarter. My guess is the having not enought clients and friends comment got to you otherwise you wouldn't have gotten so angry again. You should rethink your life, Walter P., everything you say is offensive and in no way serves to better this community, I don't shame you either, and I don't have pity for you. I have pity for your parents who had to have you in their house while you were growing up, it must have been depressing for them, and if you have or had kids of your own, my guess is you don't have much of a relationship with them. Yes, I can guess too, and no the comments haven't made it up to triple digits yet, but if anyone is close, it's you Walter.
Walter P. August 13, 2012 at 06:38 PM
the last sentence saying i was closer to 100 comments than you proved your whole paragraph to be fraudulent. when your busy making a move on Andrew you must realize that at least 6 different people have laughed at you. you are making a joke of yourself and have commented more than any other account on this site X10. i am done turning myself into you. your fat ass could be on this site all day every day i can not keep up with that, hopefully somebody else that got you rattled will step in. goodbye steve. and to andrew, take his hint. he wants you man
forest barbieri August 13, 2012 at 06:40 PM
This has perhaps been the most amusing read ever (comments) on Patch. What a sitcom. (Not the alleged crime but the comments.) People from other suburbs have to be rolling in laughter!
Steve S. August 13, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Walter, I really feel bad for you now, it seems like all you do in your life is read what I'm writing, I guess Walt doesn't have anything better to do either, go try to pick up some new clients Walt, I'm sure they are not knocking down the doors for your advice. I would tell you to retire and spend more time with your family instead of on a computer but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't like that idea, they would prefer to have you out of the house otherwise they have to listen to you telling them to shut up all of the time.
Steve S. August 13, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Walt, I am glad that you will tune me out although I know you won't. No, I do not have any homosexual feelings for Andrew, but it's thoughtful of you to bring it up, fit's right in with your comments. And although I don't know Andrew, I know enough about him that he is smarter than you, the lawyer (ha), and has been raised by good parents.
David Greenberg August 13, 2012 at 07:02 PM
FLAME WARS! On A&E! :-) Get out my asbestos suit Ma! Or if we dredge up the Flame Wars from UseNet in the early '80's, we could put it on the History Channel...
Arthur Bashkin August 15, 2012 at 01:50 AM
first off, I read most of your guys comments, and i appreciate all the ones I read. I am a former graduate and have seen these kids since they were in 8th grade. Although I believe these crimes were very extreme, I believe we are somewhat taking the story out of proportion. Not saying jail time and being charged as adults isn't necessary, I just think that the story needs to be examined in the first place. For all we know the kid who was a drug dealer could have held them hostage last time they picked up a bag of weed. So maybe they went to get their money back, to me as an outsider trying to rationalize this is ridiculous. I have no clue and I wasn't there furthermore that's why I believe that we are taking this out of proportion. Nobody really knows if they brought the gun inside, they could have ditched it. It's obvious both kids need help. I can relate to these kids in ways a lot of you can not. I have grown up in the north-shore all my life, Deerfield to be specific, and I felt a sense of being shelled off from the real world. I was one of those kids who stole pills, and sold them. I also became a drug addict, and was willing to do a lot of things for my next high, whether it was screw someone over or become a scumbag. It's the nature of the disease of alcoholism. I have been sober for 2 years and have gotten a second chance at life. So I see where everyone is coming from, but I just want to remind people we are thinking rationally
Arthur Bashkin August 15, 2012 at 01:57 AM
to finish my comment, so the kids were not thinking rationally. In all honesty going after parents, my parents had no control over me when I was in my addiction. So in conclusion, these kids fucked up pretty bad, they have to face consequences, and that's the end of it. Where is it our place to judge the situation, and parents. Obviously this is straight opinion, and i respect that, its just aggrivating to hear people talking like they know everything. I didn't mean to go at anyone with this post i just wanted to voice how I felt, because I believe I might have a better relationship with these kids than most of you. Take it easy patch. Arthur Bashkin
David Greenberg August 15, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Arthur, glad you got sober - and here's to staying that way!
Walter White August 15, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Shut up and cook.
Javier August 15, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Gigi, maybe you can love and embrace some crims from the West sde of Chicago. They need love too. There's has to be a 17 year old there who's broken into a home with a stolen firearm who needs a hug.
Lou August 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Sam, it seems you are describing mental illness in your post about Joe. Maybe there is a combination of addiction and bipolar issues here. No matter if prison or counseling is his future, I believe these forums serve a higher purpose in that we are all getting educated about the actual mental health problems that we can be faced with. I can understand your concerns about school.
STOPTHEBASHING August 22, 2012 at 08:09 PM
WHY? are all you PATHETIC people leaving comments. Concerned citizens? PLEASE. Nobody in HP or DF have exciting life. HP and DF is the mecca of drama and opinions. I am the closes person leaving a comment on this situation and if circumstance were different. I would have been in that home the morning of the robbery. To the teens who rob that home..YOUR LUCKY I WASNT THERE THAT MORNING, CAUSE IF I WAS, I WOULD HAVE ATTACK YOU AND GOTTEN YOUR GUN, HOG TIED YOU AND THEM CALLED THE COPS. or I would have gotten shot and YOU PATHETIC teens would have been up on murder or attempt murder charges. Believe me the people reading this comment. If you can figure out who this is. Know that I wouldn't back down from two pathetic teens with guns. I have to much PRIDE for that. I would rather be shot. Plus then the pathetic DF teens, would be big bubbas, GF in prison for at least 15-20 years.
STOPTHEBASHING August 23, 2012 at 06:53 AM
WHY? are all you PATHETIC people leaving comments. Concerned citizens? PLEASE. Nobody in HP or DF have exciting life. HP and DF is the mecca of drama and opinions. I am the closes person leaving a comment on this situation and if circumstance were different. I would have been in that home the morning of the robbery. To the teens who rob that home..YOUR LUCKY I WASNT THERE THAT MORNING, CAUSE IF I WAS, I WOULD HAVE ATTACK YOU AND GOTTEN YOUR GUN, HOG TIED YOU AND THEM CALLED THE COPS. or I would have gotten shot and YOU PATHETIC teens would have been up on murder or attempt murder charges. Believe me the people reading this comment. If you can figure out who this is. Know that I wouldn't back down from two pathetic teens with guns. I have to much PRIDE for that. I would rather be shot. Plus then the pathetic DF teens, would be big bubbas, GF in prison for at least 15-20 years.
STOPTHEBASHING August 23, 2012 at 06:54 AM
WHY? are all you PATHETIC people leaving comments. Concerned citizens? PLEASE. Nobody in HP or DF have exciting life. HP and DF is the mecca of drama and opinions. I am the closes person leaving a comment on this situation and if circumstance were different. I would have been in that home the morning of the robbery. To the teens who rob that home..YOUR LUCKY I WASNT THERE THAT MORNING, CAUSE IF I WAS, I WOULD HAVE ATTACK YOU AND GOTTEN YOUR GUN, HOG TIED YOU AND THEM CALLED THE COPS. or I would have gotten shot and YOU PATHETIC teens would have been up on murder or attempt murder charges. Believe me the people reading this comment. If you can figure out who this is. Know that I wouldn't back down from two pathetic teens with guns. I have to much PRIDE for that. I would rather be shot. Plus then the pathetic DF teens, would be big bubbas, GF in prison for at least 15-20 years.
STOPTHEBASHING August 23, 2012 at 06:54 AM
WHY? are all you PATHETIC people leaving comments. Concerned citizens? PLEASE. Nobody in HP or DF have exciting life. HP and DF is the mecca of drama and opinions. I am the closes person leaving a comment on this situation and if circumstance were different. I would have been in that home the morning of the robbery. To the teens who rob that home..YOUR LUCKY I WASNT THERE THAT MORNING, CAUSE IF I WAS, I WOULD HAVE ATTACK YOU AND GOTTEN YOUR GUN, HOG TIED YOU AND THEM CALLED THE COPS. or I would have gotten shot and YOU PATHETIC teens would have been up on murder or attempt murder charges. Believe me the people reading this comment. If you can figure out who this is. Know that I wouldn't back down from two pathetic teens with guns. I have to much PRIDE for that. I would rather be shot. Plus then the pathetic DF teens, would be big bubbas, GF in prison for at least 15-20 years.
Lou August 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Fortunately this home invasion scenario is a Deerfield/Highland Park teen outlier, a rare event in teen life on the North Shore. And the issues debated in the Patch definitely served the community well as a wake-up call to the possible pitfalls teens face including drugs, weapons, crime and extremely poor choices. But should the criminal justice system warehouse these boys if it is proven that they did commit Class X crimes and intent to deliver crimes? Not one person reading these blogs would imagine serving time for driving a vehicle with just a tiny amount of pot in their blood stream which is a Class A misdemeanor (364 DAYS in jail). How about speeding 30 miles an hour over the speed limit (6 MONTHS in jail) a Class B misdemeanor? Loss of freedom could be the outcome for both of these behaviors, even for the first time offense. Our own mind-sets exclude possible imprisonment for these crimes just as these teens did not imagine being caught. I hope our states attorneys, defense attorneys, judges and psychologists can devise a plan for these boys so that their futures are brighter at the same time assuring society that these boys will not repeat their misdeeds. Of course, guarantees do not work 100% of the time, yet all reading these blogs do not behave legally 100% of the time and would do anything for a deal.
David Greenberg August 23, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Yes, it's an outlier event on the North Shore, but home invasion is still a class X felony. And they should go straight to prison. No mickey mousing around, the State has said that a Class X is serious enough that there's a mandatory minimum sentence to send the message that we're "totally serious" about the severity of crimes subject to Class X felonies. See below: "The Class X felony is, short of first degree murder, the most serious felony offense on the books in Illinois. Upon a finding of guilt, the court cannot sentence the defendant to probation. The offense has a mandatory minimum sentence of 6-30 years in the Department of Corrections. The judge must sentence the defendant to prison. See 730 ILCS 5/5-8-1(a)(3). The only way a defendant can receive probation is if the prosecution agrees to amend the charge (e.g., by reducing the class of felony to a lower grade that allows probation). Because of the mandatory minimum sentence, the prosecution has all the power in negotiations. Even a first-time offender who has no criminal background is subject to a mandatory prison sentence. It is not a matter of the judge’s discretion in sentencing." (source: http://www.criminallawyerillinois.com/2010/02/22/what-is-a-class-x-felony-in-illinois/)
Lou August 23, 2012 at 06:33 PM
David, that is why I mentioned "states attorneys" in my letter. I am well aware that prosecutors have great power in this situation. But I believe the most useful question in this matter is similar to the following: When you and your family are intertwined in society, at gas stations, movie theaters and airports, the odds are that ex-convicts may be closer than you think, would it not be better if those near you and your family had compassionate evidenced based, thought-through interactions from professionals rather than a stark non-rehabilitative experience? Can you cite any studies that show imprisonment is superior to rehabilitative counseling for first time offenders? There are none. I appreciate your need for societal retribution, but what good will it do for these individuals, for you or for your family if these three are incarcerated?
Penny September 18, 2012 at 11:10 PM
I know the parents of the Norris boy. His mom is a psychiatrist at an alternative school for troubled youths. How ironic. Perhaps he will be a student there now. His father is a doctor. He is not from a broken home, just spoiled.
gigi canavan September 19, 2012 at 02:48 AM
How sad we as a community did. Intervene as a village. That is what is sad .sad is a wasted life in prison. People change as they mature. If we as a society are to reform criminals and help the mentally ill,we need to find redemption in ourselves.this is not a joke , something to be taken lightly.it astounds me when I read comments from teenagers describing behavior.
gigi canavan September 19, 2012 at 02:54 AM
How sad we as a community did not intervene, as a village. That is what is sad .sad is a wasted life in prison. People change as they mature. If we as a societyR are to reform criminals and help the mentally ill,we need to find redemption in ourselves.this is not a joke , something to be taken lightly.it astounds me when I read comments from teenagers describing behavior.
Mr. Friendly October 09, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Throw the book at them, hold them accountable. Send the message that this will not stand, and that we as a society will punish criminals and throw them in the darkest hole we can find. As for posting their photos... welcome to the real world. Commit a major crime, get treated like a major criminal. There is no excuse for this - anywhere. I can only imagine the hell the parents are in right now, and I feel for them. But the parents didn't commit this heinous crime. Whether it was committed for laughs or drugs or whatever, SEND THE MESSAGE so that others will know... this will not stand.
tim spencer January 06, 2013 at 05:16 AM
man this is sad
Paul Young March 04, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Oh Greg, lay off! Deerfield Teen was stating an opinion. By the way, the two masterminds were pretty lax in their planning. Deerfield Teen sees these two goofs in school and sees them for what they are. You and I do not know these teens and we do not have to deal with them in a social setting like Deefield Teen. She obviously has seen them act like morons and/or be disruptive. They may act a certain way that is perceived to be bullying in nature and so they don't get sympathy from their peers. Whatever the reasoning, Deerfield Teen is stating an opinion and I will agree that the two goofs messed up big time. I will also agree that the two criminals getting arrested is a wake up call for their peers who may be considering the same choices. Deerfield Teen sees it and so will others.

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