Man on probation faces charges after cash grab

Man on probation faces charges after cash grab

URBANA — A Pesotum man on probation was arrested Thursday night after he allegedly grabbed money from a cash drawer at an Urbana grocery store.

Urbana police investigator Duane Smith said Tyler Kirkwood, 28, was arrested at the County Market, 1819 Philo Road, shortly after 10 p.m. for robbery, aggravated battery and possession of cannabis.

Smith said a customer was being checked out when Kirkwood, who was behind him, allegedly reached over the lane and grabbed money from an open cash drawer then ran out of the store.

Two customers, including a retired corrections officer, chased him and caught him in the parking lot. Smith said Kirkwood allegedly punched one of the men. They held him for a store security guard, who handcuffed him and brought him back into the store until police arrived.

Smith said police found a small amount of suspected cannabis in Kirkwood's pocket.

Court records show that on Dec. 8, Kirkwood had been resentenced to more probation and 180 days in jail for a 2012 conviction for resisting a peace officer. However, Judge Harry Clem agreed to hold the jail sentence in remission to see if Kirkwood could live up to the terms of his probation. Kirkwood was due in court on that issue Jan. 30.

Friday, he was charged with robbery, burglary and aggravated battery in connection with his Thursday arrest.

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