It was a suburban team effort that led to the arrest of two men believed to be involved with a group that burglarized as many as 25 homes across the south suburbs.
Palos Hills police announced Jamel Johnson, 18, of Justice, and Deaaron McCoy, 19, of Chicago, have been charged with felony residential burglary.
After a string of burglaries across area suburbs, Palos Hills Police Chief Paul Madigan working with the Hickory Hills Police Department activated the Southwest Major Case Unit on July 20 to assist with the investigation of the crimes, police said.
Detectives from that unit were conducting a July 25 surveilance operation on McCoy and Johnson when they observed the pair and another suspect at a home on the 8000 block of Mobile Avenue in Burbank for what they believed was a burglary, police said.
Officers attempted to apprehend the men when they fled in a vehicle, police said. The car was eventually stopped in the 6200 block of McVicker and the men fled on foot. Johnson was quickly caught and McCoy was apprehended by a Palos Hills detective as he attempted to scale a fence, police said. The third suspect got away.
The unit is investigating over 25 burglaries committed across numerous towns in recent weeks and months, police said. It is believed that the two men charged are involved with a group that committed those crimes, police said.
Are departments participating in the effort include: , Hickory Hills, , Orland Park, Bridgeview, Cook County Sheriff's police, Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Burbank, Willow Springs, Moraine Valley College police, Alsip, Worth and Evergreen Park.