By Emily Klein, Reporter
Three men accused of robbing a Marco’s Pizza in Collinsville in March and linked to a string of armed robberies in the St. Louis metro-east area occurring earlier this year are facing additional charges, according to a new release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Illinois.
Jalon Moore and Garry Johnson, from St. Louis, and Larry Rhines of Collinsville have been charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy to commit multiple armed robberies, two counts of business robbery, one count of bank robbery, and using firearms to commit each of those robberies, according to a press release from the Southern District of Illinois U.S. Attorney’s Office. Moore, Johnson, and Rhines, all 22 years old, are responsible for robbing at gunpoint a Marco’s Pizza in Collinsville and a Sprint store in Fairview Heights in March. They were also charged with the armed robbery of a GCS Credit Union in Collinsville on March 30.
The GCS Credit Union robbery, at 1502 Vandalia, occurred around 8:20 a.m. Saturday, March 30.
According to police, two suspects rushed into the back of the bank as employees were being let in. Both suspects were carrying pistols. One suspect held bank employees at gunpoint while the other put money into a duffel bag. Marco’s Pizza, at 108 St. Louis Rd., was robbed during closing time around 10 p.m. on
Thursday, March 28. According to the Collinsville Police Department Moore, Johnson and Rhines entered the store, displayed handguns and stole money from the store’s register and safe.
The three suspects are also under federal indictment in the Eastern District of Missouri for a string of armed robberies from The Mack Bar and Grill in January, a Jimmy John’s and a Subway in February, a Panda Express and a Sprint store in March.
If convicted, Moore, Johnson and Rhines could face decades in prison. The conspiracy charge and individual armed robbery counts each carry a 20 year maximum term. Using a firearm during a robbery carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years and is punishable up to life imprisonment.
The case is now being investigated by the FBI, the St. Louis Metropolitan, St. Louis County, Collinsville and Fairview Heights Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexandria M. Burns.