Kankakee police nab man possibly involved in out-of-state gun store robbery
KANKAKEE — A Kansas City, Mo., man arrested during a traffic stop by Kankakee police last Friday is believed to be connected with the robbery of a gun store in Kansas earlier this month.
Jahquise T. Webb is believed to be involved along with another individual in the Aug. 18 robbery.
The 21-year-old Webb was in Kankakee County court on Monday. Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott set his bond at $100,000.
Webb asked Bradshaw-Elliott to be released on his own recognizance since he has no prior felony convictions.
The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s office charged Webb with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a firearm by a known gang member and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Officers of Kankakee’s Gang Enforcement Tactical unit found two loaded handguns (9 mm and .45 caliber) in a glove compartment of a vehicle they stopped after it ran a stoplight at the intersection of Hobbie Avenue and East Court Street.
The Dodge Durango with Missouri plates was identified by video surveillance as a vehicle used in the robbery of a cellphone store in Bourbonnais last week. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Missouri.
Bourbonnais Deputy Chief Dave Anderson said the investigation into last week’s robbery is ongoing.
According to prosecutor Daniel Reedy, Webb admitted to investigators he purchased the late model vehicle from a man for $500. Webb said he knew something was wrong. He also knew the man left two guns in the glove compartment. Webb also admitted to being a member of the Gangster Disciples.
Webb said during Monday’s hearing that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives came to Kankakee and interviewed him about the Aug. 18 robbery of the Kansas City gun shop in which 32 guns were taken by two subjects. Video showed the subjects fleeing in a white Dodge Durango.
The two guns recovered by Kankakee officers are among the ones listed as taken from the Kansas City store.
A fugitive warrant from Missouri was issued for Webb. Reedy said there is a warrant for Webb out of Georgia.
Webb told Bradshaw-Elliott he came to Kankakee with his girlfriend, who has family here.
The Kankakee police report lists a 20-year-old woman living at the same Kansas City address as Webb. She was not listed on Monday’s custody lists from the Kankakee County Corrections Department. A search of inmate bookings dating back to last Friday did not turn up the woman as being booked.