Gurnee Police identified a suspect accused of committing retail theft at the Helzberg Diamonds jewelry store, 6557 Grand Avenue in Gurnee just before 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 30, 2019. Gurnee detectives worked with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office to obtain an arrest warrant for Demond Reid, 43, of Chicago, Illinois.
Demond Reid is accused of fleeing with $50,000 worth of diamonds from the store after speaking with a sales associated at Helzberg Diamonds. Initially, information about the type of jewelry illegally taken from the jewelry store was not released.
Gurnee police officers were unable to locate the suspect that day, after requesting search assistance from a Lake County Sheriff’s Office a K-9 unit. No tracking details were initially released, but police ultimately determined the suspect left in a vehicle. A description of the vehicle was not initially released, or whether police were aware of a vehicle description.
Gurnee Police utilized social media and requested help from the community to identify the suspect based on surveillance video images. Following a thorough investigation, detectives identified Demond Reid and worked with several agencies in Chicago to locate him. On January 9, 2020, Reid was taken into custody by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and transported to the Gurnee Police Department.
“This case is a great example of how our officers and community members can create great partnerships to solve crime. The connections and interactions we made with citizens through social media have allowed us to utilize this resource and promote the safety of the entire community. We encourage citizens to participate in the process by calling the police at the onset of suspicious activity and taking responsibility for reporting information that may lead to an arrest.”
— Gurnee Police Chief Brian Smith
Reid was booked and charged with theft over $10,000 (Class 2 felony) and he appeared before a judge this afternoon in Bond Court. Bail was set at $75,000.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office: All suspects accused of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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