Crime

July 30, 2014

Belleville Circle K robbery suspect in federal custody

A Belleville man has been charged in relation to the robbery of a convenience store.

Patrick S McGuire, 48, was charged with one count of interference with commerce by robbery, which is a felony, and is in federal custody.

"I will continue to use these harsh federal sentences as a tool to try to deter folks from terrorizing our businesses," U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton said in a released statement. "If you commit these crimes, be prepared to face hard federal time."

Belleville Police Dept. Detective Sgt. Mark Heffernan said Wednesday that McGuire was identified by people who responded after seeing pictures taken from video surveillance cameras during a robbery of the Circle K store at 421 S. Belt East.

The suspect in the case had a plastic bag wrapped around his head and another over his right hand as if to conceal a weapon, according to surveillance footage. He held his bagged hand up at the clerk and demanded money which the clerk surrendered.

McGuire made an initial appearance in federal court in East St. Louis Wednesday and remains in federal custody.

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