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.

Tom Selleck February 12, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Life in prison is a fair sentence !
none of ur business February 21, 2012 at 01:53 AM
People make mistakes Tom ! Believe it or not you could make the same mistake. Let's let God be God and not judge because you don't know if he is even guilty!!!! In the US it's suppose to be innocent until proven guilty, the police set people up everyday. U R SO JUDGING AND RACIST !!!! So a little advice shut up and keep ur dum opinion to urself because the same thing could happen to you or someone in your family !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Starr February 24, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Yes, people do make mistakes all the time, but if you don't learn from them then that's a problem. They were caught red handed that's not being racist. I'm so sick of people always throwing the race card. This crime does not have anything to do with being white or black. They broke the law so they need to pay the price. God will see what price that they need to pay.
Dan March 01, 2012 at 04:03 PM
You could accidentally wake up and rob pizza stores for a living Tom. Think about that haha.
Tom Koz March 05, 2012 at 02:41 PM
If Illinois law abiding citizens were allowed to carry firearms, as the Constitution provides for and as all 49 other states allow, criminals like these would be LESS likely to walk into a restaurant and rob without fear. They know that all of Illinois law abiding citizens are un-armed and therefore easy targets.
BringingPerception2012 April 16, 2012 at 05:30 AM
We have all made mistakes in our life, some worse then others. Depending on the circumstance some do need to serve their time to society. However, have you ever made a mistake in a desperate or dyer attempt to fix a situation, because you have hit rock bottom, seemed to be caught up with the wrong people and don't see any other options due to the fact you have done everything in your power to fix that current situation? If not you should be so blessed, but for those who know what it is like to suffer and have not a single person to turn to, you start to become desperate for a chance and when one is presented to you in such a way that seems to be so appealing at the time you loose sight in what is right and wrong. Nobody is perfect and everyone makes foolish mistakes at least once in their life, so in all reality people have no place to judge. What skeletons do you have hiding in your closet, because I know for a fact if those were revealed to the nation via news articles or stations you would beg for the chance to have people hear you out and "feel" for you. You don't have to agree with what they did, however, God is their ultimate Judge in the end and their is no room for worldly judgement. Turn the tables around on oneself and lets see what we find. Again, people make mistakes, it is how they choose to learn from them and what they do in the future that shows ones true character. They did not murder or sexually assault anybody Life Imprisonment is Un-Justified.
Tom Koz April 16, 2012 at 07:26 AM
Bringing, they were not "mistakes". Walking into a pizza place and ordering pepperoni when you really meant to ask for sausage ... That's a mistake. But walking in with the intention of frightening, threatening, and ultimately stealing from others because you are a lazy jerk unwilling to do what is necessary to work and save for the things you want ... Well that is a crime - not a mistake - a crime. A premeditated FELONY!
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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