Police: Teens Used Stolen Gun in Highland Park Break-in
Josh Norris and Joseph Mahoney used a ruse to gain entry to a Deerfield home and take a gun the night before the Highland Park home invasion, according to police.
Police say that the Deerfield teens who were charged with breaking into a Highland Park home Aug. 2 stole the shotgun used during the break-in the night before from a Deerfield home,
In the gun case, Josh Norris and Joseph Mahoney were both charged Aug. 3 with residential burglary, a Class 1 Felony, and misdemeanor theft by Deerfield Police for allegedly taking the gun Mahoney used when entering the Highland Park home in the 3000 block of Parkside. The information was released today by Deputy Deerfield Police Chief Rick Wilk..
The two 17-year-olds were charged as adults in both the Highland Park and Deerfield cases.
According to Wilk, Norris and Mahoney went to a home in the 800 block of North Avenue in Deerfield where they knew the residents, claiming they had left keys there and asked if they could look for them.
“They used a ruse to get into the house,” Wilk said. “They know the family. The gun was taken from the home without the knowledge of the owner.”
At 11:50 a.m. on Aug. 2, Deerfield Police received a call from Highland Park Police Detective Scott Fishman asking for assistance locating Norris. He also asked for help in learning if a gun was missing from a home in the 800 block of North Avenue in Deerfield.
When Deerfield Police were able to talk to the home owner, they were told there was a shotgun in the home and where it could be found. The gun was not there, according to Wilk.
Deputy Highland Park Police Chief Dave Schwarz later confirmed the gun found in Highland Park and allegedly used in the Parkside home invasion was the one taken from the North Avenue residence in Deerfield, Wilk said.
Mahoney and Norris are scheduled to appear in Lake County Court on all charges at 9 a.m. Sept. 10.
In a related matter, the attorney for Jacob Lynn, 17, a resident of the Highland Park home that was broken into and who was arrested Aug. 17 for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, hopes his client’s case can be resolved.
Sheldon Sorosky today asked Judge Raymond Collins to continue Lynn’s case to Oct. 1 in Lake County Criminal Court in Waukegan. “Maybe we’ll be able to resolve it, judge,” Sorosky said. This was Lynn’s first court appearance on the charges. He next appears at 9 a.m. Oct. 1.