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[October 13, 2011]

Brother-sister duo accused of robbing St. Libory gas station

Oct 13, 2011 (Belleville News-Democrat - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A brother and sister team are in the St. Clair County Jail after being accused of robbing a St. Libory gas station.

Michael R. Throop, 23, of 22 Bluegrass Lane in Ava, and Samantha N. Throop, 19, of 391 Bluegrass Lane in Ava, both have been charged in connection with the Sunday morning robbery at the Rogers Service Station, 7151 Illinois 15.

The gas station attendant told deputies about 11:30 a.m. a male wearing the hood of his sweatshirt came into the store and asked for two packs of cigarettes, said St. Clair County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Johnson.

When the attendant unlocked the cash drawer, the suspect jumped over the counter and wrestled away the cash drawer. The suspect took the cash drawer, jumped back over the counter and ran out of the store, police said.

The attendant ran out of the store in time to see the getaway vehicle speed away. The attendant and a customer at the gas station were able to give police a description of the vehicle and the robber.

While sheriff's deputies were talking to the attendant, a description of the car was broadcast and a call was made to the Freeburg Police Department to tell them the suspect vehicle was believed to be headed in that direction.

Freeburg Police Officer Mike Schutzenhoefer positioned his squad car at Illinois 15 near Old Fayetteville Road and waited. Soon, he saw the suspect vehicle with two people inside driving near 3834 Illinois 15. Schutzenhoefer followed the car. Then, he got out of his squad car, pointed his firearm at Michael Throop and ordered him to stop, police said.

The brother-sister duo were arrested and a search of the vehicle found a small amount of money, according to police.

Illinois State Police Crime Scene technicians processed the gas station crime scene.

"The clerk and the witness did a good job in getting a description that led to the arrest of the suspects," Johnson said. "Officer Schutzenhoefer did an excellent job in positioning his vehicle and arresting two dangerous suspects." The bail for each suspect was set at $100,000.

Contact reporter Jennifer A. Bowen at jbowen@bnd.com or 239-2667.

___ (c)2011 the Belleville News-Democrat (Belleville, Ill.) Visit the Belleville News-Democrat (Belleville, Ill.) at www.bnd.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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