Collinsville Man Indicted on Armed Robbery Spree
Larry Rhines, of Collinsville, Illinois, has been 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, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Steven D. Weinhoeft, announced today. Rhines, 22, 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, 2019 jury trial.
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, Illinois, on March 9, 2019;
• A Marco’s Pizza located in Collinsville, Illinois on March 28, 2019; and
• A GCS Credit Union located in Collinsville, Illinois, on March 30, 2019.
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 January 9, 2019;
• A Jimmy John’s on February 9, 2019;
• A Subway restaurant on February 17, 2019;
• A Panda Express on March 18, 2019; and
• A Sprint store on March 21, 2019.
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.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
This 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.