Crime

Second man charged in armed robbery of 86-year-old Belleville man

Stephane Vance was charged in the robbery of an 86-year-old Belleville man.
Stephane Vance was charged in the robbery of an 86-year-old Belleville man.

A second man was charged Saturday with multiple robberies in St. Clair County, including that of an 86-year-old Belleville man.

Stephane T. Vance, 20, of East St. Louis was charged in connection with multiple robberies in the area that occurred in January, according to a press release from the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department.

Vance was identified as the second person involved in the armed robbery of a man in his garage on Gerold Lane in Belleville. He was also charged with robbing a woman on the MetroLink three days before the Belleville robbery.

On March 29, Preston Young, 23, was also charged in the two robberies, as well as a third in Washington Park that did not involve Vance, according to the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department.

In the Belleville robbery, the victim told deputies he had pulled his vehicle into his garage on Gerold Lane off Foley Drive when two men approached him at about 4:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

One of the men pointed a handgun at the victim, while the other forced him onto the garage floor and demanded his money, according to police.

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This is surveillance footage from January that showed the suspects wanted in connection with the armed robbery of an 86-year-old man in his garage near the west side of Belleville. Provided

Police say they identified Vance as the second man in the robberies and then discovered Vance was already being held at the St. Clair County Jail on an unrelated probation warrant.

Vance was charged with home invasion and robbery. His bail was set at $500,000 by Judge John O’Gara, and he remained in the County jail as of Sunday afternoon.

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