WEST FRANKFORT — West Frankfort police made a quick arrest after two armed robberies and a burglary in the city overnight.
Jacob L. Ingersoll, 26, of Marseilles, is charged with two counts of armed robbery, burglary, attempted burglary in connection with armed robberies at Huck's and Hardee's restaurant and a break-in at Miranda's on Main, West Frankfort Police Chief Jeff Tharp said this morning.
Police responded to the Hucks at 208 N. Logan St. at 11:36 p.m. after receiving a report of an armed robbery. A Huck’s employee told police a white male came into the store with a bandana on his head. The man went to the rear of the store and placed another bandana over his face. He then approached the clerk and displayed a knife while demanding money. The man took money from the store and fled.
A second armed robbery was reported at 2:42 a.m. at Hardees, 1105 W.
Main St.. A white man wearing a bandana on his head and face entered the rear door of the business, displayed a knife and demanded money.
The suspect then fled.
At 4:20 a.m., police received an alarm from Miranda’s restaurant at
1003 W. Main St. Upon arrival, officers noticed that a storage shed to the rear of the business had been broken into and the rear door of the main building had been pried in an attempt to gain access.
Investigation led police to 509 N. Gardner St. where officers took Ingersoll into custody. Also recovered at the residence were a knife and clothing consistent with those used in the robberies as well as a substantial amount of controlled substance.
Illinois State Police Crime Scene units processed the scenes for items of evidentiary value and "the tenacious work of our dispatch center proved valuable in the identification of Ingersoll," Tharp said.
Ingersoll was also charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and taken to Franklin County Jail.