Update: Police arrest 3 in Danville armed robbery
DANVILLE — Police have arrested three people in connection with an armed robbery of a downtown Danville jewelry store Tuesday morning and arrested another individual in an unrelated purse-snatching that happened about the same time.
In the first incident, Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said, police got a call about 10 a.m. Tuesday that Rothery Jewelers, 147 N. Vermilion St. in downtown Danville had been robbed.
Officers arriving at the scene were told that as many as three people had entered the store, held several employees at gunpoint and smashed jewelry cases removing an unknown amount of jewelry. The robbers were last seen running from the business toward the northwest.
Danville police and Vermilion County Sheriff's deputies immediately began combing the downtown area, utilizing the K-9 team, and at 10:15 a.m., they stopped a 23-year-old man in the area of Walnut and Williams streets, about a block from the robbery, and arrested him in connection with the crime. And at 10:45 a.m., officers arrested two more men — a 29-year-old and 33-year-old — in connection with the robbery in the 300 block of Franklin Street.
Names of the three arrested are not being released at this time as the investigation continues, according to Thomason.
He said some of the jewelry stolen from the store has been recovered, and no one at the business was injured.
While police were searching for the armed robbers, Thomason said, police were called to an unrelated incident in which an 89-year-old Danville woman was getting out of her vehicle in the parking lot of the Walgreen's store, 400 W. Fairchild St., when a man approached her and stole her purse.
The man ran from the area, but police arrested a 28-year-old shortly after the incident on preliminary charges of robbery. He said the purse was recovered, and no injuries were reported by the victim.
Thomason said Tuesday was a challenging day for local law enforcement, but the partnerships with the sheriff's department helped Danville police and county deputies work together to resolve both incidents.