Nicholas Lopez, 21, of Hampshire, (left) pleaded guilty this week to throwing a table through the window of Morkes Chocolates, 11801 Main Street in Huntley, early in the morning on March 22, 2023. | Photo – Left: Provided; Photos – Middle and Right: Morkes Chocolates of Huntley

A man has been sentenced to probation after he pleaded guilty to bringing a gun into a bowling alley in Huntley and throwing a chair through a chocolate store window.

Nicholas Lopez, 21, of Hampshire, was charged in February 2023 with two counts of unlawful use of a firearm and one count of consumption of liquor by a minor.

A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court said Lopez entered Bowl-Hi Lanes, 10520 Route 47 in Huntley, around 11:55 p.m. on February 10, 2023.

The complaint said Lopez was armed with a black-handled, silver slide .40 caliber Smith and Wesson SF-40 handgun.

Lopez carried the pistol concealed inside the liquor establishment, the complaint said.

Lopez did not have a concealed carry license or a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification card (FOID). He was also under the age of 21.

The complaint said Lopez consumed multiple alcoholic beverages that were served to him by the establishment despite him being 19 years old at the time.

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Officers with the Huntley Police Department arrested Lopez and transported him to the McHenry County Jail.

He was released a week later after posting 10% of a $5,000 bond, court records show.

Nicholas Lopez, 21, of Hampshire, pleaded guilty this week to carrying a gun inside Bowl-Hi Lanes, 10520 Route 47 in Huntley, on February 10, 2023. | Photo: Google Street View

While out on bond, Lopez vandalized a candy store in downtown Huntley by throwing a table through a storefront window.

The incident happened early in the morning on March 22 at Morkes Chocolates, 11801 Main Street in Huntley.

The business said they experienced a random act of vandalism while they were closed.

No one was injured and the Huntley Police Department was notified.

The business said they were not the intended target and the broken window was boarded up.

“Your love and support and comments warm our hearts. Many thanks,” Morkes Chocolates said to its customers on social media after the incident.

The Huntley Police Department said they were provided with video footage of the act.

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The video showed Lopez was engaged in an argument with another person and it ended with the man throwing the table through the store’s front window, police said.

Officers were able to successfully identify Lopez based on their investigation and obtained an arrest warrant for criminal damage to property over $500.

He was released from the McHenry County Jail after posting bond a month and a half following his arrest.

Court records show Lopez entered into negotiated plea deals with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office in both cases this week.

He pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful use of a firearm, a Class 4 felony, in the first case and one count of criminal damage to property over $500, a Class 4 felony, in the second case.

McHenry County Judge Mark Gerhardt approved the plea deals on Tuesday and sentenced Lopez to two years of probation and 30 hours of public service.

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Lopez was sentenced to 128 days in jail but the sentence was already considered complete with credit of 64 days already spent in jail prior to posting bond.

He was ordered to have no contact with both businesses during his probation.