Police Search for Robbery Suspect in Normal, Illinois

The Normal Police Department is searching for a suspect in the alleged robbery of a delivery driver, according to an article by The Pantagraph

This incident occurred on Tuesday, April 26 at approximately 6 p.m. At that point, the delivery driver just dropped off a food order near Northbrook Drive and Orlando Avenue. That is when the robbery suspect approached the delivery driver. 

The robbery suspect allegedly claimed to have a firearm and demanded cash from the delivery driver. After taking a small amount of cash from the delivery driver, the robbery suspect escaped the scene on foot. The delivery driver did not sustain injury as a result of this incident. 

While the authorities continue to search for this robbery suspect, it seems appropriate to review robbery and aggravated robbery offenses under Illinois law. 

Robbery Under Illinois Law

The Illinois laws against robbery appear at 720 ILCS 5/18-1. [...]

Explaining Two Versions of Vehicular Hijacking Crimes in Illinois

Standard and aggravated vehicular hijacking represent two serious offenses under the Illinois Criminal Code. Often referred to as carjacking in common parlance, these offenses involve the theft of a motor vehicle using force or the threat of force. Furthermore, the presence of certain aggravating factors can lead to enhanced penalties under Illinois law. 

    Vehicular Hijacking

720 ILCS 5/18-3 supplies the Illinois laws against vehicular hijacking. This section prohibits any person from knowingly:

    Taking a motor vehicle from the person or immediate presence of a victim; and Using force or the threat of imminent force to complete the act. 

Section 18-3 also explains the Illinois penalty for vehicular hijacking. Any person who commits this offense will typically face Class 1 felony charges. If convicted for a Class 1 felony in Illinois, the penalties can include imprisonment for four to 15 years and criminal fines up to $25,000. Though certain offenders may [...]

Police Search for Retail Theft Suspects in Normal, Illinois

The Normal Police Department is searching for two suspects in a retail theft incident, according to an article by The Pantagraph

Official reports indicate that the suspects entered a retail establishment on East College Avenue in Normal on March 21. The suspects allegedly took merchandise from the establishment and escaped on foot.

Although this investigation remains ongoing, it is likely that the suspects in question will eventually face criminal charges for retail theft. In that vein, it seems appropriate to review the Illinois laws against and punishment for retail theft crimes. 

Illinois Laws Against Retail Theft

The Illinois laws against retail theft appear at 720 ILCS 5/16-25. Under this section, it is unlawful to knowingly:

    Take possession of, carry away, or transfer any retail merchandise without paying the full retail value and with the intention of depriving the merchant permanently; Alter, transfer, or remove any price tag or
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Normal Man Charged With Possession of Stolen Vehicle in Illinois

A man from Normal, Illinois faces charges for the felony crime of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, according to an article by The Pantagraph

This incident occurred on Sunday, March 13. That is when the Normal Police Department recognized the Illinois man from an outstanding arrest warrant. Apparently, the Illinois man was driving a motor vehicle reported stolen in March 2021 by an Iowa rental company. Allegedly, the Illinois man paid cash for the rental to avoid any scrutiny on his suspended driver’s license. 

At this point, the Illinois man faces criminal charges for possession of a stolen or converted motor vehicle. This man remains in police custody after declining to post bail and awaits an April 1st arraignment.

While this case continues to develop in legal circles, it seems appropriate to review the Illinois statute governing possession of a stolen or converted motor vehicle.

Illinois Laws Against [...]