Belleville Man Charged in Circle K Robbery
A Belleville man was charged today in federal court in East St. Louis in connection with the robbery which occurred at Circle K Gas Station, located on South Belt East, Belleville, IL, on July 25, 2014, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Patrick S. McGuire, 48, of Belleville, IL, was charged with Interference with Commerce by Robbery (Hobbs Act Robbery).
“I will continue to use these harsh federal sentences as a tool to try to deter folks from terrorizing our businesses.” said United States Attorney Wigginton. “If you commit these crimes, be prepared to face hard federal time.”
At his first appearance on the complaint filed today, Federal Magistrate Judge Wilkinson ordered that McGuire be held without bond pending a further hearing on the United States Attorney’s motion that McGuire continue to be held without bond pending his trial.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Belleville Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laura V. Reppert.
Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.