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Men Indicted for Robbery, Kidnapping in Pizza Shop Heists

The men are suspects in two Naperville pizza robberies and other hold ups dating back to January 2011.

A grand jury on Thursday indicted two men previously – as well as a third man – on multiple counts of armed robbery and kidnapping related to crimes stretching back more than a year.

Travis Gamble, 22, of Oswego; Cory Paytes, 22, of Montgomery; and Josiah McCroskey, 22, of Lisle, are each accused of taking money, cell phones and other items from victims, court documents state. Each man is also accused of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery, records show.

The indictments do not specify where each robbery occurred, but at least two dates listed – Jan. 16, 2012 and Nov. 30, 2011 – coincide with reports of hold ups at a and .

Gamble and Paytes were arrested in Naperville last month when they tried to leave the Papa John’s on West Ogden Avenue after taking money. Police, at the time, suspected the men might be linked to other robberies.

The indictments allege Paytes participated in robberies dating back to January 2011, some with Gamble and some with McCroskey. Paytes remains in DuPage County Jail on $1 million bail. He faces 10 counts of armed robbery and aggravated robbery and eight counts of aggravated kidnapping.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 27, when he will likely be arraigned on the charges.

Gamble is accused of working with Paytes on at least three occasions where they, while wearing masks, claimed to have a firearm and threatened to harm victims with the bludgeon, documents show. The kidnapping charges relate to the men “secretly confining” victims, according to the indictments.

Authorities previously said the pair put employees in a freezer during the Papa John’s robbery.

Gamble remains held in DuPage County Jail on $300,000 bail. He is charged with six counts each of armed robbery and aggravated robbery, as well as four counts of aggravated kidnapping. Gamble is scheduled to be in court on Wednesday for arraignment.

McCroskey, who was recently arrested on an armed robbery charge in Willowbrook, was involved with Paytes on two robberies in January 2011, records show. McCroskey is being held on $120,000 bail facing four counts of armed robbery, aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.

Jay June 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM
no one is denying that these people intentionally robbed these places. but it was a mistake because it was something they shouldnt have done. life in prison is not going to teach anyone a lesson. a couple years in prison and a felony on their record is enough to make someone regret what they did and make sure they dont do it again. you dont know these peoples pasts and you dont know their mindsets. people DO get themselves in bad situations. maybe it was just one bad influence and the others were dumb enough to go along with it cause it was a friend. who knows. but life in prison for something like this where NO ONE even got hurt seems a little unjustified.
BringingPerception2012 June 18, 2012 at 09:39 PM
@ Jay: I could NOT have said it better myself. One of these Men is my Fiancee. He is an amazing Man who had alot going against him and ended up hanging around with the wrong people. Nobody should judge nor assume because you are CORRECT nobody knows their past and alot of people DO have the ability to learn from things which he has done. Again, God is Our ultimate Judge and has a plan for EVERYone. People don't know how bad things were in someones life prior to wrongdoing and who knows?...maybe this was something God had happen so that WORSE didn't happen. Jesus came to minister to the people who needed Hope. Nobody is perfect and EVERYONE deserves a chance.
Tom Koz June 19, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I, and as I am sure your parents would also suggest - you find a new boyfriend !!! Let me guess, they weren't to keen on him from the beginning?
BringingPerception2012 June 22, 2012 at 01:14 AM
@Tom I will most definitely be praying for you.
John April 15, 2013 at 07:54 AM
I am the owner of one of the pizza shops these people robbed. I have worked 70 hours a week for five years to get to where I am. These people came onto my property, terrorized my employees, and took the money I worked hard to make. To defend them is a insanity. This is not a race issue or background issue. If you take a gun and threaten someone's life over money, you deserve a rough justice.

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