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Geneva woman, St. Charles teen charged with armed robbery

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 2:48 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:22 p.m. CDT
Kayla N. Magnuson

BATAVIA – A 22-year-old Geneva woman and a 17-year-old St. Charles boy have been charged in connection with a armed robbery early Wednesday morning at the Walmart store at 801 N. Randall Road in Batavia.

Kayla N. Magnuson, 22, of the 300 block of Brittany Court, Geneva, and the teen both have been charged with felony counts of robbery and armed robbery along with retail theft, a misdemeanor. Magnuson was taken to the Kane County Jail, and the teen was taken to the Kane County Juvenile Center.

Batavia police at 5:58 a.m. were dispatched to the Batavia store for a theft in progress. While en route to the store, police learned that the suspects were were attempting to leave the store without paying for electronic items, according to a news release from the Batavia Police Department.

Several Walmart employees told police the teen brandished a large knife and threatened several store employees, according to the release. Magnuson and the teen then walked to a parked car, and the teen placed the electronics in the car, and then drove away, according to the release.

A few hours later, a Geneva patrol officer noticed the vehicle parked in the 300 block of Brittany Court. Police from Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles were able to determine the location of Magnuson and the teen and arrested them.

Police doing a search of vehicle found the items taken earlier from the Walmart store.

The two also are connected with robberies at the Meijer and Walmart stores in St. Charles on Wednesday morning, according to St. Charles Police Cmdr. Jerry Gatlin said. The suspects were involved in an unrelated theft in Sugar Grove on Tuesday, he said.

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