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ZION, Ill. -- Authorities in Lake County now say there is no credible information to suggest a gun shop burglary in unincorporated Zion is tied to a revenge plot against Zion Police for the officer-involved shooting that killed 17-year old Justus Howell.

The motive was money, said Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Reginald Mathews.

A judge set bond at $750,000 for Lawrence Taylor and $500,000 for Clarence Williams, Jr. Both are 18 years old. A third person could face charges as a juvenile.

The burglary happened the night of May 31st. Police say the security system at 5 Star Firearms in unincorporated Zion was not working but surveillance cameras were rolling when the teens pried open a window and stole dozens of guns. Hours later, the burglars came back for more, police said.

A total of 55 guns were stolen. Thirteen have been recovered. Anyone with information should call Lake County Crimestoppers at (847) 662-2222.



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  • Rebecca

    The gun shop should be fined too by the city for a security system that did not work. Zion waited forever to sell alcohol..why would they allow gun sells. That fine should go to the children and people that may possibly get shot. Do to all the guns left on the street…do to there wonderful security. Hell they tell the public to lock up the guns.. Maybe they should!!!!

  • Nanjing03

    Theft of firearms includes mandatory federal charges which are never initiated. Why? The fading gun control effort never brings up that issue.

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