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Crystal Lake man arrested in connection with overnight convenience store robbery

Lake County Sheriff's K-9 Unit helps track down man

CRYSTAL LAKE – A 32-year-old Crystal Lake man is facing robbery charges after demanding money and merchandise from a Crystal Lake convenience store early Saturday.

Crystal Lake police responded just before 2:10 a.m. Saturday to Open Pantry, 4811 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, for a reported robbery, according to a news release from the Crystal Lake Police Department.

A clerk at the store told police that a man had entered the business and demanded money and merchandise. The suspect was not armed, police said.

The clerk complied with the man’s demands, and the individual fled the store on foot. No one was injured in the incident, and police did not immediately provide information about what specifically was stolen.

Crystal Lake police, with the assistance of a Lake County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, Dax, tracked the man more than a mile to his residence in a nearby neighborhood, according to a post on the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.

Joshua D. Wilson was charged around 7:30 a.m. Saturday with robbery and burglary. If convicted of the most serious charge, Wilson could face three to seven years in prison.

Wilson was transported to the McHenry County jail prior to a bond hearing. He is set to appear in court Monday, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office jail log.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation, which remains ongoing.

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