A Pekin man will enter a plea Wednesday on the charge he robbed a local convenience store using a knife last month.
Troy Edwards, 39, was indicted Thursday on a Class X charge of armed robbery. He remains held on $200,000 bond.
After the police department posted a photo of the alleged robber on its Facebook page two days after the crime, it received calls identifying Edwards as the suspect for the Oct. 28 robbery of a Casey’s General Store, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated.
A store clerk told police the man, wearing a knit cap but no mask, entered the store in the late morning, walked directly to the counter and said, “This is a robbery.” When the clerk asked if he was serious, the man said he was and showed her a knife tucked in his waistband. He walked out with $175 the clerk handed him from the cash register, the affidavit stated.
Both the clerk and Edwards’ girlfriend identified him after seeing the photo pulled from the store’s surveillance camera. Edwards was found, arrested and denied robbing the store, one of two Casey’s in Pekin. Which of the two he allegedly robbed was not revealed.
Edwards has prior convictions in Tazewell County for felony theft and burglary.