Two suspects charged in Belleville liquor store robbery

News-DemocratJuly 13, 2013 

— Two of the three suspects wanted in the Arena Liquor robbery on Friday were charged Saturday while police continue to search for the third suspect.

Detectives also are investigating whether the trio robbed the Belleville Quick Stop on Lebanon Avenue on June 4.

Roderick L. Taylor, 22, of Cahokia, is accused of robbing Arena Liquor on Friday with another man and Charmonequett J. Reynolds, 21, of Cahokia, is accused of driving the getaway vehicle.

Belleville Detective Karl Kraft said thanks to a witness who noticed the vehicle and obtained a license plate number, police were able to arrest Taylor and Reynolds.

No one was injured in the robbery.

Kraft said two gunmen entered the business at 105 South Belt East about 11 a.m. Friday.

"The armed robbers jumped behind the counter and stole an undetermined amount of money and then fled on foot," Kraft said. "A witness saw them run and observed them get into a vehicle that a female was driving. The witness was able to get a license plate number."

That information helped police locate Reynolds, the owner of the vehicle

Kraft said Reynolds was arrested at 5 p.m. Friday. Reynolds was charged Saturday with one count of armed robbery. She was being held in the Belleville Jail on Saturday and will be arraigned and taken to the St. Clair County jail on Monday.

Taylor was being held in the St. Clair County Jail. He also was charged with one count of armed robbery and his bail was set at $250,000.

Kraft said through interviews with Reynolds, police were able to determine who the accomplices were.

While the third participant in the robbery is still on the lam, Kraft said police know who they are looking for.

He thanked the Cahokia Police Department for their help in arresting Reynolds. Kraft said police are grateful for the witness who came forward with information.

Police did recover some of the stolen money and other pieces of evidence pertaining to the robbery, Kraft said.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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