Three local teenagers are accused of twice robbing an Elgin Dunkin' Donuts, making off with $2,400.
But there's a twist: One of the teens was working at the store during the second stickup Monday morning and arranged for the other two suspects to rob it while he was on duty, police said.
Raul Delgado Jr., 19, of Elgin and Alejandro Rodriguez, 17, of Hampshire, on Monday entered Dunkin' Donuts, 95 Clock Tower Plaza, at 1:41 a.m. and demanded money, wielding a pellet gun and a baseball bat, police said.
Police say Timothy M. Stacey, 17, of the 200 block of Evergreen Lane, Gilberts, was working the register when the pair came in and handed over $2,000.
Rodriguez and Delgado committed the robbery wearing dark clothes, masks and gloves, Deputy Police Chief Cecil Smith said.
Stacey later filed a false police report about the robbery, which police later determined was a setup, Smith said.
"They worked it out in advance and made it look like it was a robbery," Smith said. "They just wanted to make it look as real as possible."
Two months earlier on Aug. 2 at 2:07 a.m., Stacey was on the other side of the counter with Rodriguez and Delgado when they robbed the eatery of $400, police said.
That time, they all donned masks and dark clothes, with Stacey and Delgado armed with baseball bats, Smith said.
The trio asked the employee on duty to give up all of the money in the register.
That employee was later fired and in another twist of irony, Stacey was hired to fill that vacancy, Smith said.
Smith said the three teens recently implicated themselves in both robberies during the police investigation.
Rodriguez of the 500 block of Sawgrass Lane, Hampshire and Delgado of the 1600 block of Sheffield Court, Elgin, and Stacey were all arrested Thursday and charged with armed robbery and theft.
Stacey, who recently became a father, faces an additional felony charge of disorderly conduct for making a false police report, authorities said.
Kane County Judge John Noverini set Delgado's bail at $250,000, Rodriguez's at $200,000 and Stacey's at $100,000 - they must post 10 percent to get out of jail. They were unable to post bond and were taken to the Kane County jail - they're all due in court Oct. 21 at the Kane County Judicial Center.
They face between six and 30 years in prison, if convicted of the armed robbery charge.