Police Dog Helps Arrest Mettawa Costco Robbery Suspects Who Broke Into Shopping Store, Stealing $20K Worth Of Jewelry

Jim Gudas
January 04, 2020 - 1:23 pm

(Lake County Sheriff's Office)


METTAWA, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A police dog is credited with helping to foil a big jewel heist early Saturday morning from a Costco in north suburban Lake County.

Bear, a K9 from the Gurnee Police Department's Canine Team located and helped arrest three men who broke into the Costco in Mettawa and stole $20,000 worth of jewelry Jan. 4 at about 2:20 a.m., according to Sergeant Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspects, Joseph Page of Waukegan, Cortez Morrow and Clarence Blanchard of Chicago, broke into the Costcom and dropped some of the stolen goods as they attempted to flee the store, Covelli said. Police from several communities responded to the store’s burglar alarm.

Stolen Jewelry
The suspects stole $20,000 worth of jewelry but police got the merchandise back after making arrests. (Lake County IL Sheriff's Office)

"We requested the assistance of the Gurnee Police Canine Team and Officer Dan Ruth and Canine Bear," Covelli said.

Bear followed the scent of the stolen merchandise to a concrete wall in the parking lot, Covelli said.

"Canine Bear began to aggressively bark at them and the three immediately surrended and were taken into custody," he said.

The three offenders were transported to the Lake County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division and charged with counts of burglary, criminal damage to property and possession of burglary tools.

Investigators say because the men had sophisticated burglary tools, police are looking into whether the men could be responsible for other recent thefts.