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Man admits committing five armed robberies in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS — A man from Collinsville on Tuesday admitted he committed the armed robbery, or attempted robbery, of five businesses in 2019.

Larry Rhines, 24, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Louis via Zoom to five robbery charges and five gun charges.

Rhines and co-defendants targeted the following St. Louis businesses:

• The Mack Bar and Grill in Southampton on Jan. 9, 2019. Rhines and two others took money and property from the bar, patrons and an employee, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassandra Wiemken said during Tuesday’s hearing.

• A Jimmy John’s in Lindenwood Park on Feb. 9, 2019. The robbers took cash from the safe.

• A Subway restaurant near the Grove on Feb. 17, 2019. Rhines and another man took money from the cash register when an employee said she didn’t have access to the safe.

• A Panda Express in Southampton on March 18, 2019. Rhines and two other men fled after an alarm went off as they were trying to get into the safe.

• A Sprint store in St. Louis Hills on March 21, 2019. Rhines and two others stole iPhones and Apple watches and cash from the register.

Because of consecutive, mandatory seven-year sentences, Rhines faces at least 35 years in prison when sentenced Oct. 12, U.S. District Judge John Ross said during the hearing.

Rhines and his co-defendants, Jalon J. Moore and Garry Johnson, still face federal charges in Illinois accusing them of robbing three stores there in March 2019: a Sprint store in Fairview Heights, a Marco’s Pizza in Collinsville and a GCS Credit Union in Collinsville.

Court records show Johnson has a hearing July 22 to change his not guilty plea in the Missouri robberies. The case against Moore in federal court is pending.

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