URBANA — An Urbana teenager who allegedly robbed a business to get money to buy a valentine for his girlfriend has been charged with aggravated robbery and burglary.
Carlos M. Harris, 17, who listed an address in the 2400 block of Prairie Green Drive, was arrested about 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Urbana Walmart, where he had allegedly shoplifted a stuffed animal. When he was arrested, police found a BB gun in his waistband.
An Urbana police report said police discovered that Harris matched the description of the person who had entered Vine Street Motors, 507 S. Vine St., U, about 1 p.m., approached a salesman with a BB gun poking through his clothing, and demanded money.
The employee told the robber they didn’t keep cash at the business so the robber then demanded cash from the man’s wallet. The victim handed over $51 and the robber left, the report said.
At Walmart, the loss prevention officer saw Harris select a stuffed animal and hide it in his clothes. When he attempted to leave without paying, he was stopped and searched. He had no money but did have the BB gun.
Harris was interviewed by police about both incidents and confessed to robbing the man at the car dealership and stealing the stuffed animal.
He said he went home from Urbana High School during his lunch period Thursday to get his BB gun to figure out how to get money. He then went to Vine Street Motors and looked around the business under the pretext of shopping for cars. He left but returned a short time later and robbed the salesman.
After leaving there, he spent $20 on baked goods at a downtown Urbana bakery and said he “lost” the rest of the money walking around Lincoln Square.
Judge Richard Klaus set Harris' bond at $50,000 and told him to be back in court March 26.