A Detroit man who was shot by a security guard after he smashed open a case in an Oak Brook jewelry store in June pleaded guilty Monday to attempted armed robbery.
Levert Jones, who was shot in the back during the holdup attempt, entered his guilty plea during a brief appearance before DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell, who set Jones' next court appearance for Nov. 4. At that appearance, a sentencing date is expected to be set.
Jones, 25, faces a four- to 15-year prison term for the attempted robbery at the C.D. Peacock store at the Oakbrook Center mall.
According to police and prosecutors, Jones and two other men entered the store about 3:45 p.m. June 23. Jones used a sledgehammer to smash glass cases containing jewelry and high-end watches, police and prosecutors said. Ten customers and six employees were in the store at the time.
A security guard ordered Jones at gunpoint to lie on the floor, but Jones tried to get up as the guard attempted to handcuff him and the guard then shot him, according to prosecutors. Oak Brook police and DuPage prosecutors initially said that Jones had been shot in the abdomen.
The two other men escaped with no jewelry and fled the mall in a car they stole from the parking lot, authorities said. The car later was recovered, but the men have not been captured.
Authorities said they believed the men were part of a theft ring targeting jewelry stores. Jones has declined to identify the men who were with him or otherwise cooperate with authorities, Assistant DuPage County State's Attorney James Scaliatine said Monday.
Jones underwent surgery at a hospital in Downers Grove after the incident. No customers or employees were injured, authorities said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun