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Several teenagers tied to stolen vehicles from McHenry, Lake counties

Several teenagers have been tied to an armed robbery in Wauconda as well as numerous vehicles stolen from Lake, McHenry, and Winnebago counties, Wauconda police said.

The armed robbery that led to that discovery as well as charges against two of the teenagers so far occurred about 3:15 a.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Old Country Way in Wauconda, according to a news release.

Three male teenagers were seated in their vehicle when they were "boxed in by a white Jeep Cherokee and a black passenger vehicle" and eight to 10 males got out of the cars, according to the release. The males hit the three teenagers and demanded their phones and wallets.

Two of the teenagers that were robbed also had guns pointed at them, according to the release.

The white Jeep Cherokee was found Tuesday by officers and detectives from Round Lake Beach Police Department, according to the release. The vehicle had been reported as stolen.

The Round Lake Beach officers began their own investigation and discovered a black Mazda and a yellow Chevrolet Camaro, both also stolen, according to Wauconda's release. Nine juveniles were brought back to the Round Lake Beach police station for questioning, both by Round Lake Beach officers as well as officers from several other jurisdictions.

Several of the juveniles admitted to stealing "many vehicles" from Lake, McHenry, and Winnebago counties, as well as committing "countless car burglaries" in those same counties, according to the release.

Following an investigation, the juveniles questioned in Round Lake Beach were linked to the armed robbery as well as at least a dozen recent car burglaries in Wauconda, according to the release.

Two teenage boys from Chicago, one 17 and one 16, were charged with armed robbery, armed violence, and mob action, according to the release. The 16-year-old was also charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Charges are pending against the other juveniles involved, according to the release.

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