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Cary man charged in connection with attempted aggravated robbery in Island Lake

Timothy J. Rands, 30, of Cary.

A Cary man was arrested and charged in connection with an attempted robbery at an Island Lake gas station where he claimed he was armed with a gun.

Timothy J. Rands, 30, of the 300 block of Bryan Drive in Cary, was charged with one count of attempted aggravated robbery indicating armed with a firearm, a Class 2 felony.

The charges stem from an incident the Island Lake Police Department was called to at the Citgo gas station, 520 Newport Court, on April 6.

A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Court alleges that Rands entered the gas station and verbally told the clerk he was armed with a firearm.

Rands demanded $200 from the store safe and register, the complaint said. It is unclear if Rands actually got away from the scene with the money or not.

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Officers with the Island Lake Police Department arrested Rands the same day of the robbery around 10:30 a.m., court records show.

A McHenry County judge set his bond at $40,000, meaning he would need to post $4,000 cash in order to be released from custody.

A motion filed by Rands’ public defender, Angelo Mourelatos, argued that Rands is not a danger to the community and not a flight risk.

Mourelatos asked the court to reduce Rands’ bond to a personal recognizance bond.

Court documents show that a bond hearing was held on April 9 but Rands did not appear and waived his bond hearing.

Rands remains held in the McHenry County Jail and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on May 13.