Back in August, 17-year-old Timothy M. Stacey, 19-year-old Raul Delgado and 17-year-old Alejandro Rodriguez robbed a Dunkin Donuts in downtown Elgin. Wearing all black with their faces covered, the three young men entered the store at 2 a.m. and forced an employee to give them all the money from the register -- about $400.
But apparently that wasn't enough dough for the trio.
The unlucky employee whom they robbed was later fired, and — in a strange twist of fate (and cinnamon, mmm) — Stacey was hired to fill the job that was made vacant because the store fired the guy he robbed.
Stacey, now working for the store, devised a plan with the same two friends to rob the business again. But this time, Stacey would be the one behind the counter.
On October 5, Delgado and Rodriguez once again entered the store in the early morning hours, wearing dark clothes and masks. Stacey, ready for their arrival, handed them $2000 from the register. Once his buddies left, Stacey reported the incident to the police.
But during the investigation, police found that something didn't quite add up. Stacey's story was full of holes.
Eventually, the three teens confessed to both crimes.
The men have been charged with a Class X felony of armed robbery and a Class 3 felony of theft. Stacey also faces a Class 4 felony charge of disorderly conduct due to the false report he filed.
Delgado's bail has been set at $250,000, and Rodriguez's is $200,000. Stacey's bail was reduced from $250,000 to $100,000 after his family pleaded with the judge.
All three are scheduled to appear in court October 21, and they face between six and 30 years in prison.
Matt Bartosik, a "between blogs" blogger, prefers sprinkles.