Arthur Eckles Jr., 43, of Calumet City has been indicted by a grand jury in Jackson County on charges of armed robbery and aggravated robbery resulting from a robbery of Circle K at 1901 S. Illinois Ave. in Carbondale on Oct. 13, according to a news release from Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael C. Carr.
The indictment alleges that on or about Oct. 13, Eckles, while acting with others, took money and cigarettes from a store employee by threatening the imminent use of force. Eckles was armed with a firearm at the time, the release states.
Armed robbery is a Class X felony. If convicted, the defendant faces six to 30 years in prison. The alleged use of a firearm in the crime could result in an additional 15 years in prison being imposed by the court. It is a nonprobationable offense.
Eckles is currently in custody at Jackson County Jail with bond at $500,000. He is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment at 12:45 p.m. Oct. 31.
A news release last week from Carbondale Police Department said Eckles had been arrested after the most recent armed robbery of a business that involved two suspects wearing Halloween masks. An investigation into the series of armed robberies, which have taken place in Carbondale and Herrin since July, is continuing, the CPD previously said.