17-year-old sentenced to probation for robbery

17-year-old sentenced to probation for robbery

URBANA — An Urbana teen who admitted his involvement in holding up a younger teen a month ago has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Andrew T. Allen, 17, who listed addresses in the 900 block of Berwick Drive, Champaign and the 2600 block of East California Street, Urbana, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Tom Difanis to robbery.

He admitted that on Dec. 26, he took part in robbing a 14-year-old boy of his backpack and cellphone while they were in the 200 block of East Park Street in Champaign.

A Champaign police report said Allen had met the younger boy on a bus and they discussed the prospect of the younger boy having a cellphone for sale. Allen told him he had a potential buyer and after the two got off the bus at the Illinois Terminal, Allen told him the buyer was at the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club.

The younger teen headed there with Allen, who was accompanied by three other teens. Once they arrived at the club, the younger teen tried the door and found it locked. When he turned back around, the older teens had produced knives and demanded his backpack and phone.

After getting the items from him, they let the youth run off. He reported the incident to police and three of the four alleged offenders were arrested earlier this month.

Police are still looking for a fourth young man involved.

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