A 60-year-old man has been sentenced to thirty years in prison for robbing a Cash Loan Store in Loves Park in 2009.
The robbery occurred on September 25 at the Cash Loan Store on North Second Street. Police say that Phillip Merritt entered the store, asked about a loan, and then pulled out what a store employee believed was a handgun before demanding money. The employee handed over cash from the store's register and the suspect left.
The next day the Title Cash Store in Loves Park was robbed by a person matching the description of the suspect who robbed the Cash Loan Store. Phillip Merritt was chosen out of a photo lineup on September 28 by the victim as the man who also committed the September 25 robbery. Merritt was previously found guilty of the Title Cash Store robbery and sentenced to 30 years in prison for that crime.
On July 18, 2012, it was announced that Merritt was sentenced to an additional 30 years in prison for the September 25 robbery. The two sentences will run consecutively for a total of 60 years.
Merritt's prior criminal history made him eligible for Class X sentencing.
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