CROWN POINT — The state has filed charges against one of the two men who allegedly beat and bound a store clerk at a gas station in Munster before fleeing with more than $6,000 in cigarettes.
Bernard E. Baggett, 48, of Chicago, was charged Wednesday in Lake Criminal Court with two counts of robbery, two counts of criminal confinement, battery, theft and auto theft.
Baggett is accused of the Nov. 30 robbery of the Shell Gas Station at 8310 Calumet Ave., in Munster.
Baggett was identified as the alleged robber after a Chicago police detective recognized him from surveillance footage as a former confidential informant, according to a probable cause affidavit.
A store clerk told Munster police Baggett entered the store at 6 p.m. and requested five cartons of cigarettes, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The clerk said he went to a backroom to grab the items, when an unidentified man struck him with a gun.
Baggett then allegedly joined the second suspect in beating and pepper spraying the store clerk, who was eventually bound with duct tape, the affidavit states.
The men loaded more than $6,000 worth of cigarette cartons into a vehicle, identified from surveillance footage as a tan-colored Oldsmobile, and fled the gas station, the affidavit states.
The store clerk was treated at Community Hospital in Munster for cuts to his face and head, the affidavit states.
Police learned a tan-colored Oldsmobile was stolen around the same time as the robbery from the Munster Med Inn, 7935 Calumet Ave., in Munster.
That vehicle was located Dec. 1 by police in South Holland, Illinois. A cigarette advertisement was found in the vehicle, the affidavit states.
The Munster Police Department released video footage from the robbery to media Dec. 1. A Chicago police detective contacted Munster police and said the suspect in the robbery was Baggett, a former confidential informant for the Chicago Police Department, the affidavit states.
The store clerk identified Baggett as his assailant in a photo lineup, the affidavit states.
Baggett remained wanted by police Thursday on a warrant.
His surety bond is $85,000, according to court records.