Harvard man sentenced to eight years in prison for Crystal Lake robbery

34-year-old pleaded guilty to robbing someone over the age of 60, a Class 1 felony

Joseph D. Hunter, 34, of Harvard, was sentenced to eight years in prison in connection to the February 2020 robbery of a gas station in Crystal Lake.

Hunter, who had previously been identified as being from Clinton, Wis., was accused of entering the Circle K at 220 Virginia St., implying to the employee he was armed and demanding money from the cash register, Crystal Lake police said at the time. He then left the store with the money.

No injuries were reported, according to the Crystal Lake Police Department.

Hunter was originally taken into custody by Harvard Police Department after he was found in possession of a motor vehicle that had been reported stolen to Crystal Lake Police also in February 2020, Crystal Lake police said in a news release at the time.

Hunter ran from police who attempted to make contact with him as he was walking away from the vehicle, according to a news release from the Harvard Police Department issued at the time. Hunter was apprehended a short time later.

Harvard Police Department thought Hunter matched the description of the Circle K gas station robbery suspect and alerted Crystal Lake Police Department, according to the release.

Hunter pleaded guilty to robbery where the victim is over the age of 60, a Class 1 felony, according to a news release Tuesday from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The case was investigated by the Crystal Lake Police Department and prosecuted by Brian Miller of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, according to the release.