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Joliet police: Shoe robbers arrested after house shooting

JOLIET – Three teens were arrested Sunday after allegedly robbing a boy of pairs of shoes.

Joliet Deputy Chief Ed Gregory said the suspects were located when someone fired a gun into their house a half hour after the theft.

Earlier Sunday, a 15-year-old boy used social media to arrange the sale of two pairs of Air Jordan sneakers for $175 per pair to a 17-year-old boy, Gregory said. They arranged to make the exchange about 8:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Pine Street.

The 15-year-old was accompanied by a 16-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man while the 17-year-old arrived with another 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy.

"They gave the seller a wad of money that was supposed to look like $350, but was just singles," Gregory said. "The 17-year-old grabbed one pair of shoes while the 16-year-old took out a handgun and the other 17-year-old punched the 15-year-old and took the other pair."

The perpetrators then ran off through some nearby yards and the victims called police. While officers were interviewing the victims at the scene, a residence in the 300 block of Spring Street was struck by gunfire.

"One bullet went through the east wall of an upstairs bedroom and lodged in the opposite wall. No one was injured," Gregory said.

But while officers were speaking with the homeowner, they encountered three juveniles who matched the description of the shoe bandits.

"They also came across the shoes and a 9-millimeter flare gun," Gregory said.

The three teens were identified by the victims and booked into the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center on charges of armed robbery.

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