APD: Wheaton Man Arrested in String of Armed Robberies

APD: Wheaton Man Arrested in String of Armed Robberies

Aurora police have arrested and charged a Wheaton man in connection to five different armed robberies in the city of Aurora during February and March.

Gregory Garner

Here’s the list of armed robberies police believe to be connected to Gregory Garner, 27, of the 200 block of East Union Avenue in Wheaton:

7:38 p.m. Feb. 22 — For More Liquor in the 100 block of South Broadway Street

Aurora Police responded to For More Liquor in the 100 block of South Broadway Street for a report of an armed robbery. According to the witnesses, one suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun, and demanded money, cigarettes, and liquor.

8:43 p.m. Feb. 23 — For More Liquor in the 100 block of South Broadway Street

Aurora Police responded to the same For More Liquor in the 100 block of South Broadway Street for a report of another armed robbery. Witnesses told officers three suspects entered the store, two were armed with handguns, and one was armed with a knife. The suspects again demanded money, cigarettes, and liquor.

9:50 p.m. Feb. 25 —  One Stop in the 200 block of South Lake Street

Aurora Police responded to the One Stop in the 200 block of South Lake Street a report of an armed robbery. Witnesses told officers two suspects entered the store, and one displayed a handgun.

12:55 a.m. March 1 — 7-Eleven store in the 1600 block of Montgomery Road

Aurora Police responded to the 7-Eleven store in the 1600 block of Montgomery Road a report of an armed robbery. Witnesses told officers two suspects entered the store, and one displayed a handgun.

4:37 p.m. March 8 — For More Liquor in the 100 block of South Broadway Street

Aurora Police responded to the For More Liquor in the 100 block of South Broadway Street for a report of an armed robbery. Witnesses told officers one suspect entered the store and displayed a handgun.

In each incident, Aurora police detectives responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses, obtained video recordings, forensic evidence, and other key pieces of evidence.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that there had been other armed robberies in Marengo, Downer’s Grove, and Naperville. In each of those robberies, at least one of the suspects matched the description of the suspects in the armed robberies in Aurora.

Detectives from these agencies worked together to identify and build a case against the suspect. Over the past few months, detectives have gathered and examined numerous pieces of physical and digital evidence, interviewed several victims and witnesses, and followed up on many leads to be able to build a case against the suspect in the armed robberies.

The case was presented to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, and the following felony charges were authorized against Garner:

  • Five counts of Armed Robbery with Firearm – a Class X felony
  • Five counts of Felon Possess or Use Firearm (Prior Conviction) – a Class 2 felony
  • One count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon – a Class 3 felony

On June 11, Garner was arrested in Aurora without incident and appeared Monday morning in Kane County Bond Call.

In its news release, the Aurora Police Department thanked the many agencies that is assisting with the ongoing investigation: the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Marengo Police Department, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, the Naperville Police Department, the Downers Grove Police Department, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Illinois Department of Corrections, and the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Aurora police remind the public that these charges are accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

SOURCE: Aurora Police Department news release