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Teen pulls knife on pot thieves near Gurnee high school

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GURNEE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A juvenile pulled a knife on three other juveniles after they stole cannabis from him Tuesday outside a north suburban school, prompting a school lockdown and a search for a person with a gun.

Three teens stole cannabis from another teen, who pulled a knife on them, near Warren Township High School, according to Sara Balmes, spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff's office.

The incident happened about 5 p.m. Tuesday near the school's Almond Campus at 34090 Almond Rd. in Gurnee.

The teens claimed to have a gun in their vehicle, but there was no gun, Balmes said. All three were arrested and taken to the Depke Juvenile Justice Complex in Vernon Hills.

One was charged with disorderly conduct, another with possession of marijuana and obstruction of justice, and the third with delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school.

The school informed parents in an email that "the Almond campus was directed to enter a lockdown from the Gurnee Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff. We do not believe anything happened on our property, but in the surrounding area."

By 5:30 p.m. police said the area was safe and the lockdown was ended, Patrick Keeley, Warren Township principal, told Pioneer Press.

"I can assure you we reacted swiftly and appropriately. I do not believe any of our kids on the property were in any danger at any time. Safety is always our top priority," he said.

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