In local police reports, an Alton man involved in an armed robbery last December has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in the crime. 18-year old Raquan M. Taylor of the 1100 block of Highland Avenue pleaded guilty to an armed robbery charge Wednesday. Taylor and 19-year old Qwannell Superier Jones of the 1200 block of Brown Street in Alton allegedly walked into Tomorrow’s Beauty Supply Store in Alton on December 13, 2013 with a weapon and took an undisclosed amount of money from a store employee. Taylor will have to serve at least 50 percent of that sentence. Jones is still awaiting trial.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Department reports that felony charges have been filed against a pair of women following an incident at the Godfrey Wal-Mart store earlier this week. 30-year old Stacy A. Lindley of the 2620 block of Powhattan Street in Alton and 26-year old Brittany R. Knox of the 125 block of West Penning Avenue in Wood River have each been charged with two counts of retail theft over $300. Police say the suspects took items from the shelves and then “returned” them to customer service where they were able to obtain a gift card worth nearly $440 without ever purchasing those items. Both are being held at the Madison County Jail on a $30,000 bond.
The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed felony charges against an Alton man who was caught with stolen items outside Alton Square Mall earlier this week. 43-year old Robert L. Cowper of the 200 block of Madison Avenue was apprehended on a Madison County Transit bus by Alton Police on Monday after allegedly stealing several items from the mall and a pair of speakers from the Alton Dollar General Store. He has been charged with two felony counts of retail theft under $300, possession of 30 grams or less of cannabis and possession of drug equipment and is being held on a $15,000 bond.
Elsewhere, there was no one new being held during the local checks earlier today.