Three Streamwood men and a Hanover Park man are in custody after a string of armed robberies in the two towns, during which one of the offenders struck a store clerk in the back of the head with a handgun, according to authorities.
The five suspects -- one remains at large -- began their crime spree at the Burrito Bronco in Streamwood at about 7:30 p.m., and ended it when two of the suspects were caught fleeing a Streamwood Dairy Queen that had just been robbed on Nov. 14, according to police.
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Those two men, Alejandro Avalos, 19, and Miguel Lopez, 20, both of Streamwood implicated Juan Mora, 19, of Hanover Park, and Jose Aguilar, 19, of Streamwood during questioning. Aguilar and Mora were taken into custody Wednesday, police said.
Avalos entered the Burrito Bronco Restaurant, 1040 E. Schaumburg Road, at about 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, pointed a handgun at two employees and demanded money, said Streamwood Deputy Police Chief James Keegan.
The suspect reportedly put a dark navy shirt on the counter and told the employees they had 10 to 15 seconds to put all the restaurant's money in the shirt. When the cash register was emptied into the shirt, the man reportedly asked the employees, "Is that all you got?" and they said yes.
The man, who was dressed in all black with a black bandanna over his mouth and nose, then told the employees to lie down on the floor and count to 10 while he fled, according to police. He was also wearing a baseball cap.
About 90 minutes later, Avalos, Mora and the suspect who remains at large attempted to rob M&M Pantry, 7211 Orchard Lane, in Hanover Park, police said. Lopez and Aguilar acted as lookouts when the others entered, police said.
A lone clerk was working in an aisle when the men announced they were robbing the store at about 9 p.m., according to police. Avalos, who was armed with a handgun, walked the clerk to the register and told him he had 15 seconds to hand over the money, police said.
When Avalos' count reached two, he struck the clerk in the back of the head twice with the gun. Shortly after, a customer drove into the parking lot and the offenders fled the store without the money, according to police.
The clerk did not report the attempted robbery immediately, but Hanover Park officers heard a broadcast from dispatch reporting a robbery of a tobacco store in Roselle and came across the clerk while conducting business checks of local convenience stores.
On Nov. 14 an officer on patrol saw of the suspects fleeing from the Dairy Queen, 140 N. Barrington Road, and radioed for backup. An accomplice was caught attempting to escape in a getaway vehicle, and the first suspect was later found by a police dog underneath a garden shed, according to police.
Avalos, of the 220 block of W. Kennedy Drive in Streamwood, and Lopez, of the 200 block of Timber Trail in Streamwood, were charged with armed robbery in connection to the Dairy Queen robbery. Avalos was also charged with armed robbery in the Burrito Bronco case, according to police.
Avalos, Lopez, Mora, of the 7900 block of Pebblebrook Circle in Hanover Park, and Aguilar, of the 500 block of Newberry Drive in Streamwood, were charged with attempted armed robbery in connection to the M&M Pantry case.
The men are due in court Dec. 15.