GRIFFITH — Police identified a 19-year-old man as a suspect in a burglary last summer at Blythe's Sports Shop after they found a cellphone belonging to a second suspect and three stolen handguns left behind, court records show.
Covosia E. Myrick and two other teenagers are accused of smashing a front window at the shop, 138 N. Broad St., in Griffith, on July 19 and stealing 30 semi-automatic handguns. The shop previously was burglarized July 12, records say.
Myrick was charged Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court with felony burglary and theft of a firearm.
A 16-year-old South Holland boy, whose cellphone was found by police, was charged in Lake Juvenile Court. A 17-year-old South Holland boy suspected in the burglary remains under investigation, Griffith police Cmdr. Keith Martin said.
Surveillance video from inside the shop July 19 showed three people, each carrying a backpack or duffel bag, smash a front window, run inside and fill the bags with guns, and exit through the broken window, according to Lake Criminal Court records.
Myrick wore a Batman-type disguise, according to a probable cause affidavit. The 16-year-old wore a "Scream" mask, and the 17-year-old wore a gorilla mask, records show.
The 16-year-old boy dropped a gun as he struggled to exit through the window, records say. Police found three more guns, the 16-year-old's cellphone and a gray pull tab that dislodged from a backpack along the path the three suspects fled.
Police obtained a warrant to search the phone and discovered a screenshot of the Glenwood Gun Shop dated the same day a break-in attempt was made there, records say.
Text messages between the 16-year-old and Myrick indicated they allegedly agreed to meet several hours before the burglary at Blythe's. Phone records showed the 16-year-old was at Blythe's about the time of the burglary, records say.
Myrick told police during an interview at Homewood-Flossmor High School that he went to Griffith on July 12 and July 19 with several other people to burglarize Blythe's but waited in the car.
Police found a photo on the cellphone of the 16-year-old and 17-year-old handling one of the guns taken in the July 12 burglary, records say.
Myrick was not in custody as of Wednesday, police said.