BELLEVILLE — Prosecutors filed armed robbery charges Saturday against two Belleville teenagers who were arrested in a traffic stop that shut down East Main Street Friday afternoon.
George E. Lacey and Joseph C. Harris are accused of targeting an individual they knew and setting up the armed robbery at 12:47 p.m. in the 200 block of North 12th Street.
Lacey, 18, of 15 S. 14th St., and Harris, 19, of 309 N. Fifth St., were each charged with one count of armed robbery. Bail for each man was set at $100,000.
Police arrived Friday after the reported robbery and obtained a description of the suspect's vehicle, a gray Chevrolet Impala with dark tinted windows, according to a news release from Belleville Detective Mark Heffernan.
Officers located the vehicle in the 1000 block of West Main Street and followed it until backup officers helped perform a traffic stop near the intersection of East Main Street and Grand Avenue. The traffic stop temporarily closed East Main, Heffernan said.
Both suspects were in the vehicle and taken into custody without incident.
The victim and the suspects previously had met. Evidence suggests that the suspects planned and set up the robbery, targeting the victim, Heffernan said.
Police searched the residences of the suspects and located evidence related to the case, he said.
The State's Attorney's Office issued the charges Saturday morning.
Harris and Lacey remain in the St. Clair County Jail.
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