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updated: 7/1/2013 11:33 AM

Electronic tracker led police to Des Plaines armed robbers

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Daily Herald report

Three Chicago men who robbed a Des Plaines Radio Shack at gunpoint on Thursday were arrested after police found them via a tracking device on one of the electronics they had stolen, officials said.

Antonie N. Adams, 38, Tommie L. Parker, 23, and Ronaldo C. Crawford, 33, all of Chicago, were arrested and charged with one count each of felony armed robbery, according to a release from the Des Plaines police.

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According to the report, at 12:40 p.m. on Thursday two of the men entered the Radio Shack at 1587 S. Lee St. in Des Plaines and each displayed pistols to the two employees present. The men loaded bags of cellphones and other electronics, as well as money from the cash register, after placing the two employees in the bathroom area.

The value of the electronics stolen was more than $32,000, according to the report.

Adams and Parker were found in a car with Crawford, who police said was the driver, in the 8600 block of South Chicago Avenue after a tracking device on the stolen electronics let Des Plaines and Chicago Police know where the men were later the same day as the robbery.

All three men gave full admissions to their involvement in the robbery, according to the release.

Police said the men are also thought to be responsible for at least seven similar armed robberies in Chicago as well as the west and northwest suburbs. Other departments are still investigating their ties to those crimes.

On Sunday, a Cook County judge ordered the men held on $250,000 bond each, according to the state's attorney's office. The men will next appear in court on July 9.

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