HOMER GLEN – Two teens were arrested in connection with a Monday morning robbery at a Homer Glen gas station.
Deputies were dispatched to the gas station in the 15000 block of South Bell Road about midnight, according to a news release from the Will County Sheriff’s Office. The deputies were informed that an unknown male subject wearing a white mask over his face brandished a handgun at an employee and demanded money.
After the employee emptied the contents of the cash register into a bag, the victim ran from behind the counter and fled the store, attempting to get help. The suspect left the gas station with $116 and ran toward Bell Road, then jumped into a vehicle as the victim looked on, police said.
The victim flagged down an individual in a nearby parking lot and informed that person the gas station had been robbed. The victim then asked the individual to call the police. That individual then began to follow the suspect and was able to catch the getaway car’s license plate before losing sight of the fleeing vehicle.
Deputies learned the person who last was in control of the vehicle was Wallace I. Thomas III, 18, of the 24000 block of West White Oak Drive in Plainfield, police said.
Deputies then learned from Thomas’ mother that he was in school when they arrived at his residence and they got consent to search the vehicle, which was in the garage, police said. They reportedly found a blue latex glove that appeared to be the same type of glove the suspect was wearing in surveillance video of the robbery.
Detectives located Thomas at his school in Joliet and then transported him to the Will County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Complex for questioning. Thomas confessed to his involvement and told investigators who the gunman was, police said.
Detectives located the other suspect, a 17-year-old, in Bolingbrook and found more evidence at his residence, including a patterned pillowcase with eye holes cut out, police said. They also reportedly found a blue latex glove and the black handgun, which turned out to be a BB gun.
Thomas was booked into the Will County jail at 3:25 a.m. Tuesday on a charge of armed robbery. The other suspect was transported to the River Valley Justice Center and charged with aggravated armed robbery.
Thomas was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.