Former, current employees arrested in holdup at Savoy gas station

Former, current employees arrested in holdup at Savoy gas station

URBANA — A former and a current employee of a Savoy gas station and convenience store that was robbed late last month have been arrested, and police continue to look for a third person involved.

Brice Robinson, 19, of The Oaks trailer park in Tolono, is expected to be formally charged Monday with the Dec. 27 armed robbery of the Circle K, 407 N. Dunlap Ave. His live-in girlfriend, Jaricka Good, 18, is also expected to be charged for assisting him.

The two were arrested Friday night after a court-ordered search of their mobile home turned up a pair of shoes that matched a footwear impression found on the store counter after the holdup.

Laying out the facts in bond court Saturday, Assistant State's Attorney Bridget Schott told Judge Ronda Holliman that a Circle K employee was alone about 11:45 p.m. that Wednesday when two men, with most of their faces covered by masks, came in.

One asked for cigars, and when the employee turned his back to reach for them, a man later identified as Robinson jumped over the counter, leaving a shoe impression.

The other person, who has not been identified, then allegedly produced a pistol and held it against the employee's back as he led him to the office.

There, the robber took the employee's wallet, pushed him to his knees and told him to stay there for several minutes, threatening to shoot him if he didn't. The wallet was later found but was missing cash, Schott said.

While that robber was in the office, prosecutors said Robinson allegedly opened a cash register by putting in a password, then stole cash and almost $800 worth of lottery tickets before leaving.

The employee who was robbed told deputies he had not been scheduled to work that day but had been contacted by Good, who asked him to cover for her because she was stuck in Chicago.

Deputies also learned that Good had recently told an assistant manager that other employees had the assistant manager's password to the register.

Armed with that information, Sheriff's Lt. Curt Apperson said their investigation quickly focused on employees.

"What we believe happened is she was scheduled to work and said she was stuck in Chicago. The suspects entered, knew where to go and what to do and had codes that only employees would know," he said.

Deputies also learned that Robinson used to be employed at the gas station.

They interviewed people who said they had recently seen Robinson wearing grey sweatpants like the ones the robber was seen wearing on surveillance video and knew that he had received Nike shoes for Christmas. The surveillance video also showed the robber wearing Nike shoes.

By Friday, deputies had enough information to seek a warrant to search Good and Robinson's home.

During the search, they found a pair of Nike shoes behind a panel in the wall of a bedroom that the couple shares. The sole of the shoe appeared to match the print lifted from the gas station counter, Schott said.

They then arrested both Robinson and Good.

Holliman set Robinson's bond at $50,000 and Good's at $5,000.

Apperson said police still need information to lead them to the other man they believe was involved in the holdup.

Anyone who can help is asked to call the sheriff's office at 217-384-1213 or, if wishing to remain anonymous, contact Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 or, or via the free "P3 Tips" smartphone app.

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GLG wrote on January 08, 2018 at 6:01 pm

Lets make a deal!!!

2 years probation, payback the money, fine $100.00 plus court costs, Pay the clerk on the way out, NEXT!!!