A Collinsville man has been charged with multiple counts for a spree of robberies involving Metro East businesses.
Larry Rhines, 22, was charged by indictment with conspiracy to commit robberies with firearms, two counts of business robbery, one count of bank robbery, and the use of firearms to commit each of those robberies
The charges were announced by United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Steven D. Weinhoeft on Monday.
Rhines, who is originally from St. Louis, made his initial appearance in federal court on May 9 and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was ordered held without bond pending a July 9.
According to the indictment, Rhines, along with unnamed others, were responsible for robbing at gunpoint the following businesses on the following dates:
• A Sprint store located in Fairview Heights on March 9;
• A Marco’s Pizza located in Collinsville on March 28; and
• A GCS Credit Union in Collinsville on March 30.
Rhines and two others – Jalon Moore, 22, and Garry Johnson, 22, both of St. Louis – were recently indicted in the Eastern District of Missouri for similar crimes arising from a string of armed robberies of the following businesses in St. Louis:
• The Mack Bar and Grill on Jan. 9;
• A Jimmy John’s on Feb. 9;
• A Subway restaurant on Feb. 17;
• A Panda Express on March 18; and
• A Sprint store on March 21.
If convicted of all charges, Rhines could be facing decades in prison. The conspiracy charge and individual armed robbery counts each carry a 20-year maximum term of imprisonment. Using a firearm in furtherance of the robberies carries a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years
and is punishable by as much as life imprisonment, which must ordered to run consecutively to any other sentence imposed.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and the Saint Louis County Police Department, in coordination with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois, the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Springfield, and the Collinsville and Fairview Heights Police Departments.