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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Chicago-area men arrested in connection with East Peoria armed robbery

  • Two Chicago-area men have been arrested in connection with a recent armed robbery at an East Peoria cellphone store in which $66,000 in merchandise was stolen.
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  • Two Chicago-area men have been arrested in connection with a recent armed robbery at an East Peoria cellphone store in which $66,000 in merchandise was stolen. According to East Peoria Detective David Catton, who released information about the robbery today, the suspects were apprehended April 9 in Deerfield by another police agency after a robbery at a T-Mobile. Andre Wadlington-Anthony, 27, and Tony Johnson, 20, both of Harvey, were arrested for armed robbery. The men are in custody in Cook County. “They were doing another armed robbery up there and they got caught by police,” Catton said. The same suspects allegedly robbed the Sprint business at 101 River Road, East Peoria, at 6:20 p.m. April 4. Detective Brian Despines said the total loss in merchandise, which included cellphones and iPads, totaled $66,000 from the Sprint store. Catton said the men are suspected of other robberies in northern Illinois. “It’s kind of new for downstate. It’s been going on kind of regularly in the Chicago area,” Catton said, adding that it is not known what brought the men to East Peoria. During the East Peoria robbery, the business was open and there were 12 people inside the store, including three employees and three small children. Catton said one of the suspects carried a semi-automatic handgun. The men wore stocking hats but no masks. Police did not state what the men said or did once inside the store. “The investigation’s still pending,” Catton said. Despines said the men may be charged in Tazewell County Circuit Court. That will be determined by what happens in Cook County, he said. None of the stolen property from the East Peoria Sprint store has been recovered. The local FBI is assisting the East Peoria Police Department with the investigation.

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