Three Arrested in String of Food Delivery Robberies

The trio was arrested following an undercover sting in which an officer posed as a pizza delivery person

Thursday, Dec 1, 2011  |  Updated 9:27 PM CDT
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(L-R) Tervon Moore, Justin Hearon and Keith Lockhart

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Three Chicago teens have been arrested in connection with a string of recent robberies against food delivery people.

Tervon Moore, 17, of the 4500 block of South Indiana was charged with six counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery. Keith Lockhart, 18, of the 3800 block of South Vincennes was charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of robbery.  Justin Hearon, 17, of the 5700 block South Michigan was charged with one count of attempted armed robbery and one count of armed robbery.

The trio was arrested following an undercover sting in which an officer posed as a pizza delivery person. 

When the officer arrived in the 2900 block of South Wabash, he was met by Hearon, who attempted to lure him to the rear of the building for payment, police said. When the officer refused to go to the rear of the building, police said he was then approached by Moore, who was concealing his hand in his sleeve. 

Other officers moved in to back up the undercover cop and said Moore had a 10 inch butcher knife hidden in his sleeve. 

They were taken into custody without further incident, police said.

During their investigation, police said Lockhat was identified in a photo lineup as being someone seen running from a previous robbery.

Earlier this week, police issued an alert urging fast food companies, particularly on the city's south and southwest sides, to be vigilant when making deliveries. The alert was accompanied with a list of numbers used by the people placing the "orders."

Detectives say armed suspects phone in phony orders, and drivers are robbed when they arrive with the food.

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