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Woman gets 26 years for pair of botched Aurora robbery attempts

A west suburban woman was sentenced to 26 years in prison Wednesday for robbing what she thought was a jewelry store in Aurora but was actually a body shop last year, then trying to rob another business a month later.

Fatima M. Robertson, 24, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and attempted armed robbery before Judge Alice Tracy in exchange for the 26-year sentence, according to the Kane County state’s attorney’s office.

Robertson and a man robbed the first business about 11:45 a.m. July 22, 2014, thinking the shop in the 1900 block of North Farnsworth Avenue was part of a jewelry store in the front of the building, the state’s attorney’s office said.

Armed with an assault-type rifle, they demanded diamonds and gold from an employee and the owner, while pointing the gun at the owner’s head, prosecutors said.

When the employees said they had no jewelry, the robbers realized the jewelry store was next door, so they ordered the owner and another employee into the restroom, smashed their cellphones and took $2,000 in cash before fleeing.

Roberson and another person tried to rob a different business about 10 p.m. Aug. 4 in the 400 block of Hinman Avenue in Aurora, prosecutors said.

Employees barricaded themselves in the office as Roberson tried to break open the cash register, prosecutors said. After several attempts, she gave up and ran away.

She was sentenced to 13 years for each incident, to be served consecutively, the state’s attorney’s office said. She will receive credit for at least 265 days served in Kane County Jail.

No one else has been charged in either case. Anyone with information about other suspects should call Aurora police at (630) 256-5500; Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000; or the Kane County sheriff’s office at (630) 208-2024.