Gil Orlando Melendez | Lake County sheriff's office

Man Robbed Gas Station After His Credit Card Was Declined: Police

December 06, 2018 - 4:16 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A north suburban man has been charged with robbing a gas station at gunpoint after his card was declined Wednesday morning in north suburban Lake Bluff.

Gil Orlando Melendez, 32, was arrested Wednesday in North Chicago, according to a statement from the Lake County sheriff’s office. He was charged with a felony count each of aggravated robbery and theft.

A warrant was issued for his arrest after detectives identified Melendez as the man who walked into the gas station about 3:15 a.m. in the 28700 block of North Waukegan Road and tried to buy cigarettes and alcohol, the sheriff’s office said. He handed the clerk a credit card, which was declined.

After the card was declined, Melendez threatened the clerk, reached toward his waistband, showed a firearm and demanded cigarettes, the sheriff’s office said. He then took the cigarettes and ran away.

Surveillance images of the suspect in an armed robbery Wednesday morning at a gas station in the 28700 block of Waukegan Road in Lake Bluff. | Lake County sheriff’s office

Melendez, who lives in Waukegan, is also suspected of stealing cigarettes on Nov. 24 from a gas station in the 600 block of County Street in Waukegan, according to the sheriff’s office. He was being held at the Lake County Jail on $150,000 bail and was expected to appear in court Thursday morning.

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