CHICAGO (STMW) — A brother and sister from Lemont were ordered held on $2 milliion bond each Sunday, after they were charged with several armed robberies of women on the South and Southwest Sides, according to the Sun-Times.

Judge Ramon Ocasio III ordered Jaclyn Madera, 28, and Steven Madera, 36, held on $2 million bond each, according to a Cook County Criminal Court clerk. They are scheduled for preliminary hearings Thursday in South Felony Court, (Br. 48), according to the clerk.

They were each charged with six counts of armed robbery each, police said.

Jaclyn Madera was charged in four separate incidents. Her brother was charged in five incidents and was also charged with one count of aggravated battery and cited for having a replica firearm, police said.

The siblings would drive around the South and Southwest Sides looking for immigrant women who were alone outside, police said.

The two often used a replica firearm to rob the women during the spree in August and September, police said.

A victim was injured in at least one case.

They two were arrested together Thursday at 7:18 p.m. on the 4600 block of South Mozart after they were seen in a vehicle that fit the description of one that was used in several of the robberies, police said.

Steven Madera has a skin condition and has been hospitalized at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center since the arrest, according to police.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Watch & Listen LIVE