Cartier M. Payne, 30, of Gurnee, (inset) was arrested for a robbery at the Thornton’s store at 28937 Route 120 in Lakemoor on Saturday. | Background Photo: Google Street View

Prosecutors say a Gurnee man robbed a gas station in Lakemoor Saturday after he forgot his identification and the clerk refused to sell him cigars.

Cartier M. Payne, 30, of Gurnee, was charged with one count of robbery, a Class 2 felony.

Payne walked into the Thornton’s, located at 28937 Route 120 in Lakemoor, to buy some cigars, according to Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Humke.

The clerk asked to see Payne’s identification to verify he was the legal age to purchase the tobacco products.

Payne did not have his identification on him and the clerk refused to sell him the cigars, Humke said.

Payne tried to get back behind the counter to get the cigars and the employee tried to stop him.

Humke said that Payne pushed the employee out of the way and took the cigars.

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Payne left a few dollars on the counter before leaving.

Officers with the Lakemoor Police Department responded and located Payne nearby. He admitted to the police about what happened.

Lake County Judge James Simonian ordered Payne held on a $10,000 bond.

Payne was released from the Lake County Jail after posting $1,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 2.