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October 27, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on October 19, 2011, an Indictment was filed against Chrice Shunta Combs, 32, of St. Louis, Missouri, charging her in connection with armed robberies at three Cash Stores located in Wood River, Highland, and Chester, Illinois, on August 31, 2010, September 16, 2010, and December 21, 2010, respectively.

Counts 1, 2, and 4 of the Indictment charge Combs with “Interference with Commerce by Violence or Threat of Violence” by means of robbery, utilizing what appeared to each of the clerks at the respective Cash Stores, to be a firearm. Each of these counts carries maximum potential penalties of not more than 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, not more than 3 years’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Each of these counts charges that Combs robbed a Cash Store clerk of the currency that was in a register of the Cash Store.

Count 3 of the Indictment charges Combs with “Possession of Firearm in Furtherance of Crime of Violence” in connection with the Chester robbery. The maximum penalties that can be imposed for a violation of this statute are 7 years’ imprisonment, and/or a $250,000 fine, or both, 5 years’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. The Indictment charges that Combs possessed the firearm and brandished it in the course of the robbery.

The case was investigated by members of the Wood River, Highland, and Chester Police Departments and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark.



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