HIGHLAND PARK — A former Highland Park Country Club employee and an alleged accomplice were indicted on charges of burglary and theft from the club by a Lake County Grand Jury August 16 in Waukegan.
Jeremy Hudson, 19, of Chicago, the former employee, and William Harris, 37, also of Chicago, were originally arrested on charges of burglary and theft in a warrant issued June 19, according to Lake County Court Clerk records.
The investigation began after a country club employee called Highland Park police after 6 a.m. on May 18 to report that doors that should have been locked were open when the worker arrived, according to Highland Park Deputy Police Chief Tim Wilinski. Clothing, electronic tablets and currency valued at $9,000 were missing.
“Detectives started to interview employees and identified Hudson as a suspect,” Wilinski said. “The employee saw Hudson wearing clothing which was reported missing.” That discovery led to a second theft charge against Hudson.
With the investigation complete, Wilinski said the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office approved felony charges against both men. The burglary count is a Class 2 felony while theft is a Class 3.
Both Hudson and Harris are scheduled to be arraigned in Lake County Criminal Court August 24 in Waukegan, according to the clerk’s records. At that time, they will have the opportunity to plead not guilty or guilty.
Hudson is free after posting the cash portion of a $20,000 bond. Harris remains in Lake County Jail unable to pay the required cash portion of his $50,000 bond, according to an employee of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.
If convicted on all counts, Hudson faces between five and 12 years in prison, according to Illinois statute. Conviction on all counts could mean between seven and 17 years for Harris.