According to authorities, the man entered the store about 10:30 p.m. and punched the clerk — a man in his mid-50s — several times in the face and head. The blows snapped off one of the clerk’s teeth and dislodged another, Assistant State’s Attorney Shanti Kulkarni said. Garcia then took the lottery scratch tickets and left the store, the prosecutor said.
According to Illinois Department of Corrections records, Garcia, who has also been identified as Robert Garcia, is currently serving a six-year prison sentence for assaulting a Carpentersville police officer, an incident that took place about the same time as the store robbery. Garcia was also convicted in a Glendale Heights bank robbery, which also took place in that time period.
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