Lake Villa couple charged with pair of armed robberies

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(LAKE VILLA) A north suburban couple have been charged with robbing two stores with a BB gun after being caught near the second scene Sunday night in Lake Villa.

Christopher M. Sparrowgrove

Christopher M. Sparrowgrove

The first robbery happened about 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Jay’s Liquor Store in the 36700 block of Route 83, according to a statement from the Lake County sheriff’s office.

The suspect was described as a white male with a black gun, according to police. Antioch police responded and began a K-9 search.

While authorities were still on the scene, a second armed robbery was reported at the Lake Villa Pantry in the 36700 block of Route 59 about 6:15 p.m., police said.

The suspect in the second robbery matched the description of the first, and a black BB gun was left at the scene, police said.

Lake Villa police stopped a suspicious vehicle leaving the pantry immediately after the report of the second robbery, police said.

The driver, Christopher M. Sparrowgrove, 29; and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Jasmine R. Stevenson, both of the 25000 block of West Carson Drive in Lake Villa, were arrested, according to police.

They confessed to both robberies, and Sparrowgrove also confessed to a third robbery on Oct. 27 at the Lake Villa Pantry, the statement said.

Sparrowgrove was charged with two counts of attempted armed robbery, aggravated armed robbery, armed robbery, and theft, police said. His bond was set at $250,000.

Stevenson was charged with theft over $300, and her bond was set at $75,000.

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