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Belleville police make arrest in Dollar General store robberies on Friday

A 22-year-old East St. Louis woman has been arrested and charged for allegedly robbing a pair of Dollar General stores in Belleville on Friday, according to a posting Sunday on the Belleville Police Department Facebook page.

Makyra L. Jones remains an inmate at the Belleville Police Department lock-up, with bond set at $50,000 bond after being charged by the St. Clair County state’s attorney’s office with two counts of aggravated robbery.

Belleville police were notified at 3:12 p.m. Friday of a robbery at the Dollar General store at 4 Wade Square. Store employees described the robber as a black female with a heavy build, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt. The robber’s face was partially concealed with a camouflage scarf. The suspect implied she had a weapon, but did not display one. Store employees submitted to her demand for money and she fled on foot eastbound toward Lebanon Avenue, according to the Facebook posting.

Detectives responded and conducted interviews at the scene. Also responding were the Crime Scene Unit and a Belleville K-9 unit to track the suspect. The suspect was not immediately located.

At 6:22 p.m. the same day, Belleville Police were dispatched to the Dollar General store at 790 Carlyle Ave. in reference to a robbery that had just occurred.

Employees and customers at the scene stated a black female with a heavy build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white lettering, and brown dreadlocks with blond tips, was inside the store acting suspicious. The female approached the counter and demanded money from the clerk. The female implied she had a weapon, and the clerk observed what she believed to be the handle of a gun in the waistband of the suspect. The clerk complied with the suspect’s demand, and the suspect fled the store.

Responding officers observed the suspect in the parking lot of Shop ‘n Save, located next to the Dollar General. Officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, but she failed to comply with officer’s orders. The suspect entered a red Mercury Grand Marquis and fled the parking lot. A short time later, the suspect and suspect vehicle were located in the 2900 block of West Boulevard, and the suspect was taken into custody. No one was injured during either robbery, according to police.

Mike Fitzgerald: 618-239-2533, @MikeFitz3000