Armed robber in custody minutes after crime at truck stop


Will County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery in progress at the Knights Inn/River Road truck stop on Lorenzo Road in Wilmington early Sunday morning, and took the perpetrator into custody.
Deputies arrived at the truck stop at 4:33 a.m. A male attendant told they he had just been robbed by a masked gunman.
The employee said that around 4:30 a.m., a man wearing a dark colored sweatshirt with a blue ski mask and gloves on came into the store and told him to open the cash register. The offender then lifted up his sweatshirt to display a handgun in the waistband of his pants. The employee placed the cash into a store plastic bag and handed it to the offender, who then left the store.
Sheriff’s deputies, along with police officers from the Wilmington, Braidwood and Elwood police departments, canvassed the area and set up a perimeter. Around 4:40 a.m., a Wilmington police officer and a sheriff’s deputy saw a white male hiding in the bushes in a nearby heavily wooded area. The man, identified as Corey Ingram, 27, of Diamond, was taken into custody.
Ingram made a statement incriminating himself and was found with a plastic store bag containing U.S. currency, gloves, a pink and blue mask and a loaded handgun.
About 5:30 a.m., police located an unoccupied GMC 3500 pickup truck backed into the nearby wooded area. Deputies found that the truck belonged to Ingram. A loaded handgun was located inside the truck.
Ingram was arrested for possession of a stolen firearm, armed robbery and possessing a firearm with no FOID card.
He appeared in bond court Monday afternoon. Bond was set at $500,000. Ingram would have to put up 10%, or $50,000, to get out of jail. Ingram now faces two additional felony charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Editor’s note: Persons named in the police report are innocent of any charges until proven guilty in a court of law.