Police Conduct Search for Armed Robbery Suspects; Arrest 4 After Chase

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Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana told Eyewitness News that he believes his department stopped at least one potential armed robbery on Wednesday night.

Sheriff Caruana says the department was conducting a “saturation detail” Wednesday night, employing at least 45 police officers to canvas sections of the city in search of the suspects responsible for a recent rash of armed robberies. 

Around 10 p.m., police attempted to pull over a stolen white Cadillac. The suspects drove away rather than surrender to police, and crashed a short time later.

Eyewitness News was the only station to record video of sheriff’s deputies arresting teenaged suspects in the 1800 block of North Main Street.

A police spokesman wouldn’t go so far as to confirm that those who were apprehended were part of the Get Money Team gang, but said they are still investigating.

This was just one outcome of Wednesday’s saturation detail. A full press conference will be held Thursday at 3 p.m.

“I feel that we actually stopped, possibly, an armed robbery tonight,” said Sheriff Caruana. “[We recovered a gun that] had a round in the chamber and extended clip, and it was a stolen handgun from Rockford.”

Wednesday’s massive police search was in direct response to the nearly two-dozen armed robberies that have occurred across the Forest City in recent weeks.
 

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