COLLINSVILLE — Collinsville police investigating a drug store robbery Thursday realized they didn't have to go far for an arrest: the suspect was already in custody.
At 4:41 a.m. Thursday, a man entered the Walgreens drug store on Belt Line Road and simply reached across the counter, grabbing cash out of a register drawer that was open for a transaction.
The man, who did not have a weapon, then ran out of the store, got into a vehicle and fled the area. No one was injured in the robbery.
Later in the day, Collinsville Det. Mark Kuechle was reviewing the surveillance video and recognized the man: he appeared to be the same man already in custody in the Collinsville Police Department's holding cells.
Travis A. Duensing, 31, of Collinsville had been stopped by a patrol officer not long after the robbery, before there was even a vehicle description, according to Major Tom Coppotelli. Duensing was found to have a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest from St. Clair County. He was therefore arrested and held at the Collinsville Police Department.
Coppotelli said Duensing had other pending charges for which he was out on bail, which has since been revoked.
The Madison County State's Attorney's Office charged Duensing with one count of felony theft, second subsequent offense. He remains in custody at the Collinsville Police Department.
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