Coyote Robber Placed On Deferred Prosecution

5/29/17 – A Fox Lake man who stole money from Coyote Gas and Liquor in Beaver Dam last month was placed on deferred prosecution on Friday. Donald McRae pled no contest to felony Theft of Movable Property and two misdemeanors. Prosecutors say the 36-year-old bought a bag of chips in the store at 1300 North Spring Street. When the clerk opened the register, he began punching with a closed fist in the direction of the clerk’s chest, saying “get away or I’ll start shooting.” McRae fled with around $300. He was apprehended ten hours later after the suspect’s parents saw his picture posted on social media and alerted authorities. His parents said that McRae has a drug problem and told investigators where he got his drugs. An officer parked nearby and after about an hour spotted his vehicle and conducted a high-risk traffic stop.  McRae admitted to police that he took money from Coyote and said that he did not initially intend to commit the crime instead “it just happened.” He did express regret saying that it was a poor decision made while he was drunk and high and added (quote) “to be honest, this is what I needed.” McRae will avoid a felony record if he stays out of trouble while on deferred prosecution and successfully completes the Treatment Alternative and Diversion program for drug offenders. He was placed on probation for two years, ordered to pay restitution and had a nine-month jail sentence imposed and stayed.