Three Apprehended by Multi-Law Agency, K-9 Effort in Lake County After Mettawa Costco Burglary with Almost $20,000 Loss of Merchandise

Cortez R. Morrow, 37, of Waukegan (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Cortez R. Morrow, 37, of Waukegan (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office).

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies and a K-9 Unit from Gurnee Police Department located and apprehended three individuals who are accused of forcing entry into the Costco in Mettawa and committing a commercial burglary.

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded about 2:20 a.m. Saturday January 4, 2020 to Costco, 25901 North Riverwoods Road, Mettawa, for an activated burglar alarm. The first Lake County Sheriff’s deputy on the scene discovered broken glass and a security door being propped open, both signs indicative of a burglary.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies immediately requested assistance from neighboring police agencies to assist with establishing a perimeter around Costco. While establishing the perimeter, Illinois State Police received a call of three subjects running eastbound across I-94. The subjects ran directly toward an IDOT Utility Truck, which happened to be parked on the northbound exit ramp of I-94 and Route 60. The subjects dropped bags they were carrying upon seeing the IDOT truck, then fled southbound.




As there was no Lake County Sheriff’s K-9 unit working at the time, Gurnee Officer Dan Ruth and his partner, K9 Bear arrived on scene. The team conducted a search beginning where the offenders dropped the bags. K9 Bear tracked approximately 1/8-mile south, directly to a concrete wall which supports an overhead sign for I-94. All three subjects were attempting to conceal themselves behind the concrete wall. K9 Bear began to bark and the three surrendered. They were taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies assisting with the search.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies recovered the bags dropped by the offenders, which contained nearly $20,000.00 worth of high-value jewelry stolen from Costco and burglary tools. Lake County Sheriff’s deputies also found facemasks and gloves near the bags.

The three offenders were transported to the Lake County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division. Following the information developed at the scene and the investigation by Lake County Sheriff’s detectives, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the following charges:

Burglary (class 2 felony)
Criminal damage to property (class 3 felony)
Possession of burglary tools (class 4 felony)

The three offenders have been identified as:

Joseph D. Page, 24, of the 0-99 block of North Sheridan Road, Waukegan

Cortez R. Morrow, 37, of the 0-99 block of East Garfield Boulevard, Chicago

Clarence D. Blanchard, 26, of the 500 block of North Lawler Avenue, Chicago

In addition to Gurnee Police Department, the sheriff’s office was assisted by …

Illinois State Police
Park City Police Department
Grayslake Police Department
North Chicago Police Department
Lake Forest Police Department
Vernon Hills Police Department

The three remain held in the Lake County Jail pending an initial court hearing today.

The Lake County Sheriff’s office declared that all suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Joseph D. Page, 24, of Waukegan (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Joseph D. Page, 24, of Waukegan (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff’s Office).
Cortez R. Morrow, 37, of Waukegan (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Cortez R. Morrow, 37, of Waukegan (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff’s Office).
Clarence D. Blanchard, 26, of Waukegan (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Clarence D. Blanchard, 26, of Waukegan (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff’s Office).

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Security image Mettawa Costco (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Security image Mettawa Costco (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff’s Office).
Security image Mettawa Costco (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Security image Mettawa Costco (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff’s Office).
Merchandise taken Mettawa Costco (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Merchandise taken Mettawa Costco (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff’s Office).