A Round Lake Park man has been sentenced to four years in prison for robbing a gas station in Cary and threatening to shoot the clerk, according to police and court records.
Bryan J. Leider, 34, of the 200 block of Newhouse Lane in Round Lake Park, was charged earlier this year with aggravated robbery, two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of theft over $500, retail theft and disorderly conduct.
The Cary Police Department said they received a call around 10:05 p.m. on January 25 for an armed robbery at the Marathon gas station, located at First Street and Route 14.
The clerk, who was the victim of the robbery, reported an armed man entered the business, according to Cary Deputy Police Chief Scott Naydenoff.
The suspect displayed the grip of a pistol in the waistband of his pants and demanded money, Naydenoff said.
A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court said the suspect, later identified as Leider, threatened to shoot the clerk while displaying what was believed to be the grip of a handgun from his waistband.
The offender took cash and a bottle of soda and left the business before getting into a white SUV, Naydenoff said.
Court documents said Leider got away with approximately $700 in cash.
He drove a short distance before crashing his vehicle into a traffic signal and sign belonging to a private business at the intersection of First Street and Route 14.
Leider fled on foot southbound across Route 14.
Officers attempted to locate the man in the immediate area with the use of a police canine but were unsuccessful, Naydenoff said.
The next morning, patrol officers were dispatched to what was believed to be an unrelated incident.
“In the course of investigating the incident, officers recognized similarities in the description of a subject involved in the incident, and the offender from the armed robbery,” Naydenoff said.
Officers were able to take Leider into custody without further incident.
Court records show Leider entered into a blind plea deal and pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery, a Class 1 felony, in exchange for his other charges being dismissed.
McHenry County Judge James Cowlin sentenced Leider on Thursday to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Leider will be required to pay $874 in court fines and fees and $730 in restitution to the business.