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Deerfield Teens Charged In Highland Park Burglary

Two 17-year-olds have been charged as adults for breaking into a Highland Park home with a gun on Thursday.

Deerfield residents Joseph J. Mahoney and Joshua S. Norris, both 17, were charged as adults for

Earlier: 

At 7:22 a.m. on Thursday, the Highland Park police received a call that a male wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants was spotted in a Highland Park home by the homeowners, with what appeared to be a rifle. He fled on foot, and was last seen heading north towards the park area. No one was injured.

At 9:19 a.m., a Lake Forest officer assisting the Highland Park police located Mahoney in the area of Half-Day Road and Ridge Road, according to Highland Park Deputy Police Chief Dave Schwarz. Officers found a long gun lying along the roadway a short distance away in the 1500 block of Half-Day Road.

Police investigation led to the arrest of Norris, who is an acquaintance of Mahoney's and appears to have been involved in planning the break-in, according to Schwarz. 

"It wasn't random," Schwarz said about the targets of the burglary. "There was familiarity with the residents."

Both Mahoney and Norris have been charged with home invasion, residential burglary and possession of a stolen firearm, according to the Highland Park Police Department. They were transferred to the Lake County court building, where bond was set at $150,000 each.

gigi canavan September 19, 2012 at 02:48 AM
How sad we as a community did. Intervene as a village. That is what is sad .sad is a wasted life in prison. People change as they mature. If we as a society are to reform criminals and help the mentally ill,we need to find redemption in ourselves.this is not a joke , something to be taken lightly.it astounds me when I read comments from teenagers describing behavior.
gigi canavan September 19, 2012 at 02:54 AM
How sad we as a community did not intervene, as a village. That is what is sad .sad is a wasted life in prison. People change as they mature. If we as a societyR are to reform criminals and help the mentally ill,we need to find redemption in ourselves.this is not a joke , something to be taken lightly.it astounds me when I read comments from teenagers describing behavior.
Mr. Friendly October 09, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Throw the book at them, hold them accountable. Send the message that this will not stand, and that we as a society will punish criminals and throw them in the darkest hole we can find. As for posting their photos... welcome to the real world. Commit a major crime, get treated like a major criminal. There is no excuse for this - anywhere. I can only imagine the hell the parents are in right now, and I feel for them. But the parents didn't commit this heinous crime. Whether it was committed for laughs or drugs or whatever, SEND THE MESSAGE so that others will know... this will not stand.
tim spencer January 06, 2013 at 05:16 AM
man this is sad
Paul Young March 04, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Oh Greg, lay off! Deerfield Teen was stating an opinion. By the way, the two masterminds were pretty lax in their planning. Deerfield Teen sees these two goofs in school and sees them for what they are. You and I do not know these teens and we do not have to deal with them in a social setting like Deefield Teen. She obviously has seen them act like morons and/or be disruptive. They may act a certain way that is perceived to be bullying in nature and so they don't get sympathy from their peers. Whatever the reasoning, Deerfield Teen is stating an opinion and I will agree that the two goofs messed up big time. I will also agree that the two criminals getting arrested is a wake up call for their peers who may be considering the same choices. Deerfield Teen sees it and so will others.

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