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CLINTON — A Clinton County jury has found a man guilty in connection with a 2017 robbery of Casey’s General Store.

A Clinton County jury on Tuesday returned the guilty verdict against Antoine J. Allen, 44, 519 Fourth Ave. South, lower, on one count of first-degree robbery, a Class B felony. A pre-sentence investigation report was ordered to be conducted, bond was revoked and Allen was ordered to remain in the Clinton County Jail pending sentencing. Sentencing is set for 9:30 a.m. June 21.

According to the affidavit, at 2:14 a.m. May 26, officers were dispatched to Casey’s General Store, 1336 Camanche Ave., in reference to a robbery. A male entered the store, held the employee by her neck and had a weapon in his right hand. He demanded the employee open the registers. The male took money from the registers and several boxes of Newport cigarettes and ran out of the store. The male was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, black sunglasses, blue jeans, white gym shorts and black gloves with grey/green with a logo on the top of the gloves and lighter-colored fingers. One of the victims said the male was holding what appeared to be an orange/red Sawzall.

The affidavit states an officer collected surveillance video from the Shell Gas Station. A male at 12:40 a.m. May 26 walked into the store wearing blue jeans, white shoes, sunglasses, a black zippered jacket and a grey hooded sweatshirt. The male stated he was from Chicago and asked to use a credit card out of Chicago. The male walked out and bought nothing at Shell. The male walked into the gas station from Eighth Avenue South. He was seen later leaving the store and walking west on Eighth Avenue South. A short time later a silver Nissan drove east on Eighth Avenue South. The Nissan was missing the right front hub cap. The Nissan matched the vehicle Allen was driving when an officer saw him.

The affidavit states on May 31 an officer went to 519 Fourth Ave. South and noticed the silver vehicle parked behind the apartment. The officer took pictures of the vehicle. The vehicle did not have a right front hub cap. A search warrant was signed for the residence on May 31. Officers served the warrant. Clothing was found matching the clothing worn by the suspect at Casey’s.

The affidavit states Allen was transported to the Clinton Police Department. Allen, during the interview, admitted to robbing the Casey’s General Store.