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3 held after attempted armed robbery at DeKalb T-Mobile store

Police maintain presence in the area in case other suspects remain at large

DeKALB – Police have apprehended three suspects after an armed robbery that was reported around 3:30 p.m. at the T-Mobile store in DeKalb on Wednesday.

They also are maintaining a presence in the area in case any others are still on the loose, DeKalb Deputy Police Chief John Petragallo said.

Petragallo said police received a 911 call about an armed robbery at the store at 2587 Sycamore Road.

Responding officers pursued the suspects, who ran from the store. Three of them were caught after an extensive search by officers from DeKalb, Sycamore, Cortland, Northern Illinois University, Genoa, and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, he said. The search included police K-9 units.

Petragallo did not immediately identify the men who were in custody. He said that police were reviewing surveillance video from inside the store as well as outside of nearby buildings in an effort to determine how many people might have participated in the alleged robbery.

Police taped off the T-Mobile store and interviewed employees inside, who declined to be interviewed.

Police also recovered a loaded gun from the scene, Petragallo said, and were consulting with prosecutors from the DeKalb County State's Attorney's office to determine appropriate charges, he said.

Jacob Jones, manager at a nearby auto service business, said he just after police asked him and his workers if they had seen anything, five men ran out of nearby bushes, including one who had a gun.

Jones said one of the men jumped into a trash receptacle on the property. But by the time police circled back to the business, the men had fled, including the one who tried to hide in the trash, Jones said.

Nearby buildings, including Kishwaukee Hospital and the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, closed their doors, for more than an hour during the search, which encompassed areas near Sycamore Road in DeKalb, including the Greenwood Acres neighborhood.

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