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Crime & Courts

Jury find McHenry man guilty of robbing Discount Cigarette and Cigar Center

Kyle Griebel
Kyle Griebel

WOODSTOCK — McHenry County jurors found a McHenry man guilty of robbing a Discount Cigarette and Cigar Center in 2014 this week.

Prosecutors said Kyle Griebel, 24, entered the store, located at 4226 Elm St., McHenry, wearing a Halloween goblin mask. Griebel pointed what first appeared to be a handgun at the store clerk, threatened to shoot him and demanded money. He was also accompanied by a juvenile who served as a lookout.

Griebel got away with roughly $2,000 and cigarettes, prosecutors said. The McHenry Police Department responded to the robbery shortly after the clerk's 911 call but were unable to make an identification of the suspects because they wore gloves and masks.

The case remained unsolved for about 18 months until July 2016 when Griebel and the juvenile were arrested. Police also determined that the gun used in the robbery was a BB gun manufactured to look like a handgun, prosecutors said.

On Tuesday, jurors found Griebel guilty of aggravated robbery and theft by force. He faces up to 14 years in prison and will be sentenced June 14. Griebel was previously convicted of burglary and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

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