Pot Dealer to Cops: I Was Robbed!

19-year-old gets shafted in drug buy at Wal-Mart

By Peggy Cassidy
|  Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009  |  Updated 3:23 PM EDT
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Pot Dealer to Cops: I Was Robbed!

Antioch Police Dept.

He just wanted the money they owed him.

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Most robbery victims would not hesitate to call police. Wisconsin resident Cory Oxtoby, 19, probably hesitated a little, but then called anyway.

Oxtoby had arranged to sell more than half a pound of marijuana to two men in the Antioch Wal-Mart Super Center parking lot Saturday night. But instead of paying him, the men flashed a gun and kicked him out of their car.

Apparently miffed, Oxtoby called police to report the robbery.

"I'm pretty sure this has never happened here," said Antioch police Cmdr. Jim Ruth.

Now three men are charged in connection with the event, including Oxtoby. The Twin Lakes man faces one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony .

After the robbery, around 8:45 p.m., Oxtoby called police with a description of the vehicle and license plate number. Police stopped the suspects near Route 173 and Savage Road. Inside the car they found a loaded .357-caliber pistol and the pot, Ruth said.

After talking with Laracio Jennings-Jefferson, 21, of Waukegan, and Diante Edwards, 20, of North Chicago, police learned of the drug sale.

Jennings-Jefferson was charged with one count of armed violence, a Class X felony, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a Class 4 felony, and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, Ruth said.

Edwards was charged with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony.

Jennings-Jefferson was being held in lieu of $100,000 bond. Bond for the other two was set at $10,000.

They'll meet again at their next court date on May 13.

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