Peter Capote

A Cook County judge earlier this month sentenced Peter Capote, 21, of Bensenville, to three years in prison for burglarizing a Riverside gas station last November.

Capote pleaded guilty to one count of burglary before Judge Geary Kull at a hearing on Oct. 7 at the Maybrook courthouse. He is being held at the Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mount Sterling and is eligible for parole May 2, 2015. Capote previously served a two-and-a-half year sentence following a November 2011 conviction for aggravated battery in a public place.

Riverside police responded to the Marathon gas station at 539 Longcommon Road on Nov. 6, 2013 at about 1:25 a.m. after the village’s dispatch center received notice that the burglar alarm had been triggered at the business.

Police arrived to find the front glass door of the business smashed in. It had been broken by a baseball bat, which was found on the floor inside the business. The cash register was missing and cigarette packs were strewn about the floor.

At the time Riverside officers were processing the scene, Stickney police broadcast a burglary in that village. A Lyons police officer a short time later observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a hot dog stand in the 3900 block of Harlem Avenue.

The officer detained the vehicle’s occupants, later identified as Capote and Appollonio F. Anaya, of Berwyn. Both were charged with burglary and criminal damage to property. Anaya’s next court date will be on Nov. 4 at Maybrook.

Riverside police obtained surveillance camera video from the Marathon gas station that showed two offenders, one of them wearing a red T-shirt and a pink glove. Both of those items were found in the vehicle stopped by the Lyons police officer.

Capote and Anaya were charged with burglary and criminal damage to property. Anaya’s next court date will be on Nov. 4 at Maybrook.