Prison for getaway driver in Waukegan bank holdup
BY KIM JANSSEN firstname.lastname@example.org December 16, 2012 4:53PM
Updated: January 18, 2013 6:17AM
CHICAGO — An unreliable getaway driver who abandoned his accomplice at the scene of a Waukegan bank robbery was given credit for the betrayal by a federal court judge.
Trevor Gregory left pal David Schoenhaar in the lurch outside a Waukegan branch of Associated Bank on Feb. 10, 2011.
At the sentencing hearing Friday, Gregory told Judge Charles Norgle that he fled the scene in a rented Dodge Charger in a “moment of clarity” after thinking about his children.
His decision meant Schoenhaar — dressed in a T-shirt in the cold winter evening — emerged from the bank with no means of escape and was soon arrested near the scene with $220,000 in stolen cash.
Norgle said that whether Gregory drove off without his accomplice because of “some divine intervention” or — as Assistant U.S. Attorney Bolling Haxall alleged, simply because he got “cold feet” after the robbery dragged on for 20 minutes — he did drive away, adding that the robbery “could have been worse” if Schoenhaar had escaped.
Following his arrest, Schoenhaar fingered Gregory as the disloyal getaway driver, as did Gregory’s ex-girlfriend, LaToya Thompson, who worked at the bank and was in on the robbery.
Norgle sentenced Gregory to five years and three months behind bars.
Both Thompson and Schoenhaar also have pleaded guilty and are due to be sentenced this week.