A group of teens who tried to rob a cab driver using a fake gun were discovered after police traced the call that summoned the cab back to the teens' apartment.
The female cab driver said she was called just after 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve for a pickup at 14th Street and Dugdale Road in Waukegan.
When she got there, she said two of the teens got in her car. The third boy, a 15-year-old, walked away.
When she asked them to get out of her car, she said Pittman pointed a realistic-looking but fake handgun at her and demanded money.
Pittman and Grayer ran away without getting any money after the cab driver screamed, police said.
With a little detective work, police traced the source of the cab call back to an apartment in the 2400 block of Dugdale, where the 15-year-old and Grayer lived.
The cab driver identified all of them as the teens who tried to rob her, police said, and the toy handgun was found a short distance away from the robbery scene.
All three were charged with aggravated robbery, a Class 1 felony.