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Three more robbery charges against Elgin man

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  • Rodney W. Boyette

    Rodney W. Boyette


An Elgin man who was arrested Nov. 7 on charges he held up a Subway restaurant in Carpentersville has been charged with robberies in St. Charles, North Aurora and South Elgin, according to police and court records.

Rodney W. Boyette, 50, of the 400 block of Standish Court, was being held at the Kane County jail on $200,000 bail.

Three warrants were issued this week, charging him with an Oct, 31 armed robbery in North Aurora, a Nov. 1 armed robbery at a South Elgin gas station, and a Nov. 3 armed robbery at a Subway restaurant in St. Charles, according to Kane County court records.

Police said he is also suspected of robbing a Subway in Cary Nov. 5, but no charges have been filed yet in that case.

St. Charles police said a man entered the Subway, 570 S. Randall Road, on Nov. 3, implied he had a gun, demanded money and fled on foot. The offender description matched descriptions of similar robberies in North Aurora, South Elgin and Cary, police said.

"Once our robbery occurred, we started monitoring robberies in area communities with other agencies," said St. Charles Police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Blackwell. "We're satisfied at this time that he is the only offender."

South Elgin Police Detective Brian Polkinghorn said a man entered a BP Gas Station, 380 N. La Fox Road (Route 31) at about 7 p.m. Nov. 1, implied he had a gun and fled on foot after the clerk handed over an unspecified amount of money. Polkinghorn said the suspect matched the description of similar robberies in North Aurora, St. Charles, and Subway restaurants in Cary and Carpentersville.

Cary Sgt. Mike Roth said a man robbed the Subway, 658 Northwest Highway, shortly before 5 p.m. Nov. 5. The man "displayed a metal-looking item" and the clerk handed over nearly $1,000 before the man ran away through the parking lot, Roth said. The McHenry County State's Attorney's Office has not yet approved charges in that case, Roth said.

Boyette also is accused of robbing a gas station in North Aurora. Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki, the department's spokesman, was not available for comment.

Each of the offenses carries a top prison term of 15 years if convicted, but probation is an option.

In the Carpentersville case, Boyette is accused of entering the store near Huntley and Randall roads, implying he had a gun but not showing it, and demanding cash.

He was arrested a short time later in Algonquin after police issued an alert. No gun was found and the Subway clerk was not injured, police said.

Boyette is next due in court Dec. 4.

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