GLENWOOD | A string of late-night armed robberies at several south suburban Aldi stores may have been broken, thanks to the actions of police and a store manager.
The arrests of two suspects were made July 11 at the Aldi store at 18901 S Halsted St.
"The manager pressed a silent alarm because two subjects were inside the Aldi's that fit the description of some suspects that had robbed South Holland Aldi's, Calumet City Aldi's and Westmont Aldi's," Glenwood Police Chief Demitrous Cook said.
Police from Glenwood and Homewood responded shortly after 9 p.m. and detained two subjects, a male and a female, who had left the store.
According to a Glenwood police report, the two had tried to get the manager to leave her office to void a purchase, but she felt uncomfortable doing so after seeing the pair act suspiciously.
"These people were pretty vigilant, the Aldi's people, and they recognized them," Cook said.
Glenwood police Officer Nate Miller performed a pat down on Dewayne Eichelburger, of Chicago, and found an unloaded gun. The Glenwood police report stated that Eichelburger resisted attempts from officers to detain him and he was placed in handcuffs after a brief struggle.
Rashonda Woods, of Justice, also was taken into custody.
Cook said Eichelburger and Woods confessed to robbing the Aldi stores in Calumet City and South Holland. He said the investigation is ongoing regarding the Westmont location.
The two suspects reportedly told police of a third person involved in the robberies ,and that person later was taken into custody at the South Holland Police Department.
"All of those suspects are currently being held in Cook County jail," Cook said.