When someone called to order two pizzas from a South Side restaurant Tuesday night, a restaurant manager realized the phone number was one listed in a police alert about robberies of delivery drivers.
Today, police announced three teens were charged in the robberies after the manager called detectives, an officer posed as a delivery driver and investigators caught the three.
They were arrested soon after police issued an alert to South Side fast food delivery businesses about two recent robberies in which the suspects called in fake orders and then robbed delivery drivers at gunpoint when they arrived.
The restaurant manager called Wentworth Area detectives when she received an order for two pizzas from one of six cell phone numbers listed on the alert, police said.
A police officer posed as the delivery driver and drove to the 2900 block of South Wabash Avenue, police said. He was met by Justin Hearon, 17, who allegedly tried to lure him to the back of a building by saying he would pay for the pizzas there, police said.
After the officer refused to go to the back of the building, Tervon Moore, 17, allegedly approached, hiding a 10-inch butcher knife in his sleeve, police said. Backup officers moved in and arrested Hearon, Moore and Keith Lockhart, 18, who tried to run from police.
Moore, of the 4500 block of South Indiana Avenue, was charged with six counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery, police said. Lockhart, of the 3800 block of South Vincennes Avenue, was charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of robbery. Hearon, of the 5700 block of South Michigan Avenue, was charged with one count of attempted armed robbery and one count of armed robbery.
The three appeared in Cook County Central Bond Court today. Moore was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to Cook County Jail records. Bail information for Lockhart and Hearon was not immediately available.
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