Crime & Courts

Kane jury convicts Elgin man in gas station holdup

Police found suspect seven minutes after armed robbery

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A Kane County jury on March 19 found an Elgin man guilty of armed robbery of a gas station with a firearm, Class X felony, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.

Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Joseph Cullen and Hannah Thayer presented evidence that on May 1, 2019, Jeffrey D. Richardson, 29, of the 200 block of Locust Street, Elgin entered the Citgo, 1580 Larkin Ave., Elgin, brandished a loaded handgun and robbed the clerk of $1,240, the release stated.

Elgin police found Richardson seven minutes later in the back yard of a home on Jane Drive, a quarter-mile from the scene of the robbery, the release stated.

Police found the cash he stole in a bush in the same back yard.

Kane County Circuit Judge Donald Tegeler, Jr., set Richardson’s next court appearance for April 14 for motions and sentencing.

Richardson faces a sentence of between 21 and 45 years in prison.

Richardson remains in custody at the Kane County jail, where he has been held in lieu of $150,000 bail since his arrest. Tegeler revoked his bond upon conviction, the release stated.

Kane County State’s Attorney Jamie Mosser stated in the release, “My thanks to the jurors for their time and for their careful consideration of the facts, to the Elgin police officers who quickly responded to take Mr. Richardson into custody and thoroughly investigated his crime, and to (Assistant State’s Attorneys) Cullen and Thayer for their work on this case.”