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posted: 10/2/2013 7:12 PM

Police: 3 admit involvement in Waukegan armed robberies

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Daily Herald staff report

A 19-year-old man and two juveniles are in custody after admitting to their involvement in four armed robberies in Waukegan last month, according to police.

Police said Melvin Taylor, of the 2600 block of Glen Flora Avenue, and two juveniles were caught committing a minor offense on Monday near the area of McAree Road and Ridgeland Avenue, which is in the vicinity of where multiple armed robberies occurred between Sept. 17 and 27.

Police said the three were found in possession of knives and bandannas designed to conceal their identity.

In interviews with detectives at the Waukegan Police Department, all three admitted to their involvement in robbing a 71-year-old man of his wallet on Sept. 17; robbing a 46-year-old man of a cellphone on Sept. 21; robbing a 14-year-old of a cellphone, headphones and backpack on Sept. 26; and robbing a 16-year-old boy of a cellphone on Sept. 27.

The two juveniles were transported to Depke Juvenile Justice Center in Vernon Hills.

Taylor, who was on parole for attempted armed robbery at the time of his arrest, is being held on a $500,000 bond. He was also issued a parole violation warrant. His next court date is Oct. 31.

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