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Convicted thief, 3 others are charged in 7-Eleven robbery

Antonio M. Finley

Antonio M. Finley

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Updated: November 30, 2012 10:42AM

A convicted thief who is awaiting trial in an alleged attack near Naperville’s Riverwalk is one of four young men charged in the early-morning robbery of a convenience food store in Lisle.

Antonio M. Finley, 21, of Lisle, has been arrested or ticketed nearly 20 times in six years. He was arrested earlier this month on a property damage charge in Lisle, and is also accused in last month’s beating of a man at Aurora Avenue and Washington Street near downtown Naperville.

Finley, formerly of Naperville, is now charged in the robbery of the 7-Eleven store at 4651 Old Tavern Road in Lisle. His alleged accomplices include Steven V. Gayden, 17, of Aurora; Antwan Jones Jr., 18, of Chicago’s far south side; and Deshaun Wilson, 17, of Lisle, police said.

All four face trial on charges of robbery, mob action, criminal damage to property and retail theft, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court. Jones also is charged with aggravated battery. All are being held in DuPage County Jail on bails of $500,000.

The 7-Eleven store was held up about 2:16 a.m. Thursday, Lisle police said in a news release. Finley, Gayden, Jones and Wilson allegedly entered the store, robbed it and physically assaulted an employee before leaving, the release stated.

Police did not identify the worker, who was later taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville for treatment. The extent of the employee’s injuries was not reflected in the release.

The release indicated “miscellaneous items” were stolen, and that no weapons were used during the robbery.

A subsequent investigation by police and the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office led to the identifications of Finley, Gayden, Jones and Wilson, according to the release. All four were taken into custody about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, the release stated.

Finley was arrested 10 days earlier in Lisle on a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property. He is scheduled to appear Aug. 14 in court in that matter.

He is also on probation for the February 2011 theft of an iPad he grabbed from a woman on a Naperville street. Police quickly arrested him by following the footprints he left in the snow.

Additionally, Finley is to be tried on two misdemeanor charges of battery and battery causing bodily harm. He and a teenage boy are accused of beating a 21-year-old man just before 10 p.m. June 4 near the Burger King restaurant at 506 S. Washington St. in Naperville.

The victim told police he was punched and kicked by Finley and his friend. A relative took the man to a hospital, where he underwent treatment for his injuries before being released.

Will County and DuPage County court records indicated Finley between 2007 and 2011 was ticketed or arrested at least 16 times for traffic infractions, curfew violations and misdemeanors. He was sentenced early last year to 40 days in Will County Jail, after being found guilty of theft and retail theft, according to court records.

In an earlier case, Finley on Feb. 26, 2011 met with a 25-year-old woman who had advertised her iPad for sale on Craigslist. She and Finley agreed to meet near Crab Apple Court and River Road, near Naperville’s Brush Hill neighborhood.

Police said Finley snatched the iPad from the woman’s hands and took off running. The woman and a companion chased him before calling police.

Officers who went to the scene followed Finley’s footprints in the snow east to a home on Whispering Hills Court, where his mother lived. He was taken into custody there.

A judge last year sentenced Finley to 96 days in DuPage County Jail and placed him on two years of probation. That probationary period does not end until May 1, 2013, court records showed.

Gayden also has two charges pending against him in Naperville. Court records indicated he was arrested April 2 for trespassing and April 23 on a charge of possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana.

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