An Elk Grove Village man was charged with felony robbery in connection in connection with a theft from a 7-Eleven store at 1740 W. Dempster St. in Mount Prospect, police said.
Ian A. Denbroeder, 32, of the 400 block of Perrie Drive, was arrested around 10 p.m. May 30 at 1190 E. Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village.
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Police gave this account:
Denbroeder entered the store around 7:37 p.m. and when he saw the clerk open the cash drawer he reached over the counter and grabbed several $20 bills.
The clerk pulled all but two bills out of his hand, injuring her finger. Denbroeder fled as a male clerk entered. The female clerk shouted that Denbroeder had robbed the store.
The male clerk chased Denbroeder through the parking lot and reached for his shirt. Denbroeder turned and punched the clerk on the head, then entered a van driven by a female.
When officers saw the store's security video, they recognized Denbroeder because they had seen him while serving a search warrant at an apartment the day before. They had his name and cellphone number, and when he was called, he agreed to meet them in an Elk Grove Village bar he was at.
Denbroeder said he took the money because he needed a heroin fix. The driver said she did not know he had robbed the convenience store and she was not charged.
Denbroeder's bail was set at $50,000 and he is being held in Cook County Jail. His next court date is July 2 in Rolling Meadows.