Armed theft of iPad outside coffee shop nets probation
URBANA — A man who robbed a 48-year-old Champaign man of his iPad outside a campus coffee shop in 2010 has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.
Dennis H. Boston IV, 20, who listed an address in the 1600 block of East Florida Avenue, Urbana, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to theft.
As part of a plea agreement, two other charges of armed robbery armed with a firearm and aggravated robbery were dismissed.
Judge Harry Clem sentenced Boston to 18 months of probation and nine days in jail, with credit for the nine days he has already served in jail.
Boston is also required to complete 30 hours of community service.
The judge allowed a motion by Boston’s attorney, Myron Goldstin, for Boston to leave the state to attend college in Missouri.
Boston admitted taking an iPad from a 48-year-old Champaign man outside the Espresso Royale, 602 E. Daniel St., C., on Oct. 10, 2011.
Assistant States Attorney Dan Clifton said UI police had video from security cameras that showed two men approaching the victim as he sat at a table and one grabbing his iPad.
When the victim reacted, one of them showed him a gun.
Clifton said the video showed the robber going into an apartment at 510 E. Daniel St., the same building that Boston listed as his address.
Police also recovered the iPad from a man who said he bought it from Boston.
Police recovered the iPad within a few hours after the video came out because the person who bought the iPad contacted police and said, “I think I just bought the stolen iPad.”