PEKIN — A Pekin woman with no apparent past criminal record allegedly used a knife to rob a north side convenience store early Tuesday.
With a shaky voice, Nicole Lingenfelter, 30, asked a judge Wednesday if the Class X armed robbery charge filed against her, carrying six to 30 years in prison, could be reduced. That’s a matter to discuss with her attorney, the judge replied.
Lingenfelter, of 1010 Court St., Apt. 4, was arrested within minutes after allegedly robbing the Casey’s General Store at 1800 N. Eighth St. shortly after midnight.
The store’s clerk told police a woman entered wearing glasses and a hat and walked to the counter. When he asked what she wanted, she told him to stand in front of her and look down, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated.
The clerk complied and saw her holding a knife with its blade extended, the affidavit stated. The woman ordered him to put all of the money in the cash register in a plastic bag and give it to her. When he obeyed, she walked out and entered a blue vehicle.
The clerk’s shouts alerted the store’s manager, who ran from its kitchen in time to see the car pull away and record its license plate number. Her 911 call alerted police, and an officer saw the car heading north on Eighth at Velde Drive, about a half-mile from the store.
Lingenfelter stopped when the officer pulled up behind her with his squad’s flashing lights. In the car he found a baseball cap, glasses and the bag containing $520. Lingenfelter acknowledged she had just robbed the store, the affidavit stated.
She was ordered held on $50,000 bond pending her next court appearance on June 8.
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