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Bond set at $500,000 for Oak Brook jewelry store robbery suspect

OAK BROOK – One of the men suspected of trying to rob an Oak Brook jewelry store June 23 has been charged with one count of attempted armed robbery, DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in a news release.

Levert Jones, 24, was shot in the abdomen by an Oakbrook Center security guard as three men tried to rob the C.D. Peacock jewelry store, Oak Brook Police said. The 24-year-old Detroit man was then taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

The two other suspects are still at large.

Levert received the charge on June 29 and is currently being held on a $500,000 bond. Should he post the 10-percent bond minimum, he will be required to wear a GPS device. His next court appearance is July 22.

At approximately 3:45 p.m. June 23, Jones and two accomplices entered the store, according to police. It is alleged that Jones used a four-pound sledgehammer to smash the top of a glass display case. An armed security guard at the store confronted Jones as the other two suspects escaped on foot to a vehicle that had been previously stolen from the mall parking lot.

Jones tried to escape when the guard attempted to handcuff him, according to the release. After a brief struggle, the security discharged his weapon striking Jones in the abdomen. Jones was taken to a local hospital after the incident.

Oak Brook Chief of Police James Kruger said the sledgehammer was the only weapon recovered at the scene and it's too soon to know if any of the other suspects had any additional weapons.

The two suspects at large fled in a black Jeep Liberty, west on 22nd Street, police said. Both suspects were described as black men in their 20s or early 30s. One was heavy set, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 230 pounds with a tattoo on the right side of his neck, wearing a black T-shirt. The other man was described as taller, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, 160 pounds with a heavy beard and a white T-shirt.

The car was stolen about one to two hours prior to the robbery and belonged to an employee working at Oakbrook Center, Kruger said. The Jeep Liberty was abandoned in an Oak Brook Terrace office building parking lot and located by Oakbrook Terrace Police Department. It was then recovered by the Oak Brook Police Department and was to be processed for additional evidence.

C.D. Peacock opened for its regular hours the morning after the robbery. The store declined to comment on the robbery pending police investigation.

Kruger said the police were investigating how the three suspects originally arrived at Oakbrook Center and the police department was trying to obtain clearer video footage from other stores.

"We're also looking at some video footage that may possibly involve the vehicle we recovered," he said.

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