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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man accused of robbing a local Vietnamese restaurant

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man remained in the DeKalb County Jail on Friday after leaving behind an incriminating footprint that linked him to a robbery at local restaurant, police said.

Corey Benson, 43, of the 1100 block of Rushmore Drive, is charged with criminal trespass to land and burglary. If Benson is convicted of the most serious charge, burglary, he could be sentenced to three to seven years in prison without the chance of probation, because of his criminal history.

DeKalb County Public Defender Tom McCulloch asked the judge to consider releasing Benson on his own recognizance; Benson has a medical condition the jail might not be prepared to, or want to, handle, McCulloch said.

Despite McCulloch’s recommendation, DeKalb County Judge Philip Montgomery set Benson’s bond at $20,000 in court Friday. He must post $2,000 bail to be released from jail.

DeKalb police officers responded at 10:15 p.m. June 9 to Bea’s Wok N’ Roll, 1402 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, for an activated security alarm. Police saw Benson at the restaurant’s back entrance, but he ran when he noticed the officers, court records show.

Less than $100 was taken from the business, DeKalb police Cmdr. Bob Redel said.

A footprint of a clear, distinct tread pattern from the bottom of a brand-name shoe was found on the floor behind the cash register, Redel said.

Days later, police reviewed surveillance footage from a business near Bea’s Wok N’ Roll that showed Benson running from the restaurant to Jewel, 1320 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, where he bought beer and left, court records show.

Police found Benson on Wednesday at Hope Haven, 1145 Rushmore Drive, DeKalb, and the outfit and shoes the suspect was wearing in the surveillance footage.

During a police interview, records show, Benson told authorities he was outside the restaurant and did run to Jewel and bought beer. He added he was “not denying the evidence” and requested to go to the jail so he could “begin his time,” court records show.

Benson is due back in court June 28.

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