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Four charged in Orland Park jewelry store robbery

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Updated: January 23, 2012 4:23AM



Four men have been charged in last week’s robbery of an Orland Park jewelry store, including two who eluded police for more than a day, police said Tuesday.

Charles Harper, 37, of 2933 W. 185th St., Unit 1B, in Lansing; Antoinne C. Kelly, 31, of 829 White Oak Lane in University Park; Lance P. Vaughn, 32, of 3414 Congress Parkway in Chicago; and Darrin O. Carter, 32, of 3340 W. Polk St. in Chicago; all have been charged with two counts of felony armed robbery, police said.

The four men allegedly robbed Jewelry Gems and Designs, 9542 W. 147th St., at about 3:50 p.m. on Oct. 25, police said. One suspect displayed a handgun, and the men stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry, police said.

The suspects fled in two vehicles, one of which was stopped by Orland Park police less than a block from the business, police said. Carter and Vaughn were then taken into custody and were charged the next day, and bond was set at $500,000 for each, police said.

Harper was arrested on Oct. 26 in Lansing, and Kelly was arrested on Friday in Chicago Heights, police said. Harper’s bond was set at $500,000 for each count, police said, while Kelly was denied bond because of a parole violation.

Before the robbery, Kelly and Harper posed as customers and asked to view a variety of engagement rings, police said. Harper then allegedly pulled a handgun and threatened the two workers, and he and Kelly forced them into the rear of the store and bound their hands with duct tape, police said. Carter then entered the business and the three men allegedly stole merchandise from the display cases, police said. Vaughn acted as the lookout and driver, police said.

Neither the owner nor the employee in the store during the robbery was injured, police said.

The car Kelly and Harper used to elude police was recovered in Richton Park on Friday. Orland Park police recovered a 9 mm handgun during their investigation, but it is not known whether it was the weapon used in the robbery, police said. The stolen jewelry has not been recovered, police said.

All four men are due back in court Nov. 21 at the Bridgeview courthouse.



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