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Two men charged with robbing people at ATMs

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Two men have been charged with robbing at least six people at ATMs across the suburban Chicago area.

Kenneth Hayes, 21, of Carpentersville; and Antonio Dunner, 22, of Elgin, both face one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence, five counts of interfering with commerce by threats of violence and two counts of carrying, using or brandishing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office.

The two men robbed or attempted to rob people at drive-through ATMs Sept. 16, 2015 in Glen Ellyn; Sept. 23, 2015 in Northbrook; Sept. 23, 2015 in Park Ridge; Oct. 8, 2015 in Northbrook; and Oct. 19, 2015 in Arlington Heights, prosecutors said.

The men would scout drive-through ATMs and, once they settled on a location, would drive to the site in Hayes’ vehicle and hide themselves while watching for someone to use the ATM, prosecutors said.

Wearing disguises over their faces, the men threatened people while Hayes showed a gun, prosecutors said. They would then split the cash.

The men would also steal the victims’ cellphones, so that they couldn’t immediately call police, prosecutors said.

In addition to the ATM robberies, the man are also accused of robbing a gas station Nov. 1, 2015, in Elmhurst, during which Hayes showed a gun, prosecutors said.

The conspiracy charge and each count of interfering with commerce by threats or violence carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, prosecutors said. Carrying, using or brandishing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence is punishable by a sentence of at least seven years for the first count, and at least 25 years for the second count.