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Chillicothe Times-Bulletin - Chillicothe, IL
  • Man allegedly admits intention to rob gas station

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  • An Edelstein man was arrested Nov. 14 after admitting he intended to rob a Chillicothe gas station.
    A gas station attendant at Circle K North, 1022 N. Fourth St., saw a suspicious male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, sunglasses and a white bandana over his face around 5:20 p.m. Nicholas D. Neys, 20, of 218 Miller Road, allegedly walked up to the door but did not go inside. The attendant called the police.
    Neys began walking south on Fourth Street when a Chillicothe policeman caught up to him.
    He said he was coming from working out at Pearce Community Center but could not explain the bandana around his neck. His backpack was open, according to the report, and the officer saw a wooden handle of an 8-inch long kitchen knife.
    The officer asked Neys why he had a knife, and the man said he was “going to rob the gas station.” He did not go in, however, because he said he could not do it. Neys said he was bipolar and his medication was recently adjusted.
    When he was questioned later by Detective Pat Donovan, Neys said he brought the knife to cut off the sleeves of his shirt so he could work out. After working out at Pearce Community Center, he said he was hungry but did not have any money in his wallet.
    He told Donovan he used one of the sleeves as a bandana.
    Neys was arrested on charges of attempted robbery and disorderly conduct.

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