March 26, 2013 | 03:08 PMAn Elgin, Ill., man faces five armed robbery charges for a series of holdups that occurred throughout Walworth County in the summer of 2009.
Terrance Cortez Walker Jr., allegedly held up the Comfort Suites in Lake Geneva, Domino's Pizza in Delavan, the Williams Bay Citgo, the Mobil Gas Station in Elkhorn and the Lyons Shell Station.
Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines.
Walker was arrested in 2009. Walker and others were arrested in connection with an armed robbery ring that was linked to more than 20 thefts.
Those thefts occurred in northern Lake County, Illinois, and southern Wisconsin.
According to the criminal complaint:
On April 30, 2009, at about 12:28 a.m., police departments from Lake Geneva, Delavan, Elkhorn, Williams Bay and Bloomfield were dispatched to the Comfort Suites for a report of a robbery.
The hotel employee told police that a person wearing blue jeans, a gray hoodie sweatshirt and a black bandana over his or her face approached the front desk and displayed a handgun.
The robber pointed the gun into the air and demanded the employee open the register. When the register was opened the robber gave the employee a plastic bag and demanded that the cash be placed in the bag.
On May 17, 2009, at about 9:56 p.m., deputies responded to the Lyons gas station for a report of an armed robbery. The robber, who was wearing a handkerchief, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money.
On June 12, 2009, at about 11:04 p.m., two Domino's Pizza employees were getting delivery bags ready for the next day. As they were preparing the bags for the next day, they heard an alarm, which meant that someone entered the back door. The two employees initially thought that a delivery driver who had forgotten something returned to the store.
Instead they were greeted with a man brandishing a gun and covering his face with a handkerchief. The robber demanded money, and the employees turned over the money they had.
According to a Domino's employee, the man said, "Thank you" and quickly left.
On June 13, 2009, at about 9:59 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Williams Bay Citgo, which is located on Elkhorn Road. The employee said a man wearing a yellow handkerchief over his face pulled a handgun out of a duffle bag and pointed it at the employee. The robber dropped the duffle bag onto the counter and demanded money. The employee said the gun was pointed at him the entire time.
On June 19, 2009, at about 10:07 p.m., Elkhorn police took a report of an armed robbery at the Mobil Gas Station. That clerk said two men wearing dark hoodies and bandanas on their faces entered the store and pointed guns at him.
On June 25, 2009, Michael Boyle was interviewed by the Lake Villa, Ill., Police Department. During that interview, Boyle said he was involved involved in robberies with Walker. Boyle, 46, told police he drove Walker to the Comfort Suites, and said that Walker went into the hotel and robbed it.
During an interview with police, on June 25, 2009, Walker told police he used a pellet gun during the robbery.
When shown a picture from the Williams Bay Citgo robbery, Walker told police it was him pointing a pellet gun in the picture.
He said he remembered that the clerk was really afraid.
Walker told police that he robbed the Domino's Pizza in Delavan with Boyle and Andrew Ballenger. Walker said he went into the Domino's alone armed with a pellet gun.
On June 30, 2009, a Kenosha police detective interviewed Ballenger, who admitted his involvement in the Domino's robbery.
Ballenger said Boyle planned the robberies, picked the locations and drove to them. Ballenger told police that Boyle would take part in the robberies or send people to the locations.
After being found guilty at jury trial of armed robbery, Ballenger was sentenced Oct. 19, 2011, to four years in a state prison followed by six years of extended supervision. Ballenger is appealing that conviction.
On June 25, 2009, police interviewed Tyler J. Trnovec, of Silver Lake, about the robbery at the Elkhorn Mobil. Trnovec told police he entered the gas station with Walker and they both pointed pellet guns at the clerk.
As Trnovec left he yelled "GD Love." Walker told police that Boyle told them to yell this in an effort to throw police off and make them think gang members carried out the robberies.
Trnovec was 15 at the time of the robbery but has been waived into adult court. He is charged with armed robbery in Walworth County and is scheduled for a April 12 plea hearing.
Boyle has been charged with five counts of armed robbery in Walworth County and one count of misdemeanor theft. His court proceedings haven't started and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.