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Published on May 15, 2024
Belleville Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Armed Robberies Across Metro East AreaSource: howtostartablogonline.net, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A Belleville man has been slapped with a 20-year sentence for a series of armed gas station robberies in the Metro East area. Treveon J. Ramsey, 21, was sentenced after pleading guilty in January to robbery and firearms offenses, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois.

Ramsey's crime spree, which included robberies in Belleville and Shiloh, involved menacing gas station clerks at gunpoint and demanding cash from registers. U.S. Attorney Rachelle Aud Crowe stated, “To protect business patrons and employees simply trying to do their jobs, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to prosecuting individuals who instill fear in gas station clerks by using firearms to demand money from cash registers.”

Ramsey, along with co-conspirators Javeon Dowell and Dylan Harrington, hit a total of three gas stations between October and December 2021. The armed robbers, purportedly terrorized employees, with Ramsey wielding a firearm in each incident, as per the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois.

“This 20-year sentence sends a clear message to anyone who brandishes a firearm to instill fear of violence with the threat of causing harm, you will be removed from our communities,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Bernard G. Hansen, as stated by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura V. Reppert prosecuted the case, which saw the involvement of multiple law enforcement agencies, including the ATF and local police departments. Meanwhile, Dowell awaits sentencing and Harrington has already begun serving a 127-month prison term for his part in the heists.

“We will relentlessly pursue those that would commit violent acts in our community to ensure that Fairview Heights remains a safe and vibrant community,” said Chief Steve Johnson of the Fairview Heights Police Department.