Metro East Man Charged in Armed Robberies in Region


Published on October 11 2018 9:18 am
Last Updated on October 11 2018 9:18 am
Written by Greg Sapp

A Metro East man has been formally charged in connection with armed robberies at the Salem and Highland Cash Stores.

Algernon Perkins of Alorton made his initial appearance Tuesday in US District Court in East St. Louis on two counts of Interference of Commerce by Robbery. US District Attorney Steven Weinhoeft says, if convicted, Perkins could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Perkins is still in custody.

Salem Police Chief Sean Reynolds says the Salem Cash Store robbery was the first of three where Perkins is believed to have been involved. In addition to Salem and Highland, Perkins is also believed to have committed the armed robbery of the Taylorville Cash Store.

The investigation was conducted by the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as the Salem, Highland and Taylorville Police Departments and the US Marshal's Service.