Teens charged in Harvard robberies

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Police charged two Walworth, Wis., teens Thursday in connection with three Harvard area armed robberies after they allegedly held up a store in Geneva, Wis.

Ryan T. Severt, 19, and Seth D. Woodhouse, 18, were stopped by Delevan, Wis., police in a vehicle after the Handi Mart in Geneva was robbed about 9:35 p.m. Wednesday.

They admitted to being responsible for robberies last month at convenience stores in Harvard, Alden and Chemung during interviews in Walworth County, Wis., police said.

Each will face three counts of armed robbery in McHenry County after the Walworth County charges are resolved, McHenry County Sheriff’s Lt. Andy Zinke said.

Zinke complimented the cooperation between his office, Harvard police, and police agencies in Wisconsin.

He said authorities in Wisconsin contacted McHenry County police during the traffic stop.

“We flooded all the surrounding police agencies with bulletins” describing the suspects and the car involved in the first three robberies, Zinke said.

“Thankfully, it all matched up.”

A subject wearing an orange mask and dark sunglasses used a black, semi-automatic pistol to steal about $200 and five or six packs of cigarettes from the Lil Corner Store in Harvard on Jan. 24, according to the press release. The suspect specifically demanded Newport 100 cigarettes.

A subject wearing the same clothing stole about $800 from the Alden Quick Mart on Jan. 29 and about $200 and a carton of Newport 100 cigarettes from the Chemung Country Store on Saturday.

In Illinois, armed robbery is typically punishable by between six and 30 years in prison.

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