BLOOMINGTON - Two men and two women are accused in four convenience store robberies in fall and winter 2005, including one where a woman who worked at one of the stores is accused of helping plan a robbery.
Police and prosecutors say Christopher J. May, 23, and Thomas M. Nesby, 24, robbed Freedom Oil, 1402 S. Main St., at gunpoint Oct. 20.
May then planned a second robbery at another Freedom Oil station at 1331 N. Linden St., this time with the help of Ronda M. Petersen, 24, an employee at the store, said Bloomington police spokesman Duane Moss. She helped May stage the robbery and access the money, Moss said.
Three weeks and a day later, May and Nesby again teamed up and robbed at gunpoint the Freedom station on South Main Street, Moss said.
And Nesby is accused of using a knife to rob the South Main Street station a third time Dec. 11, this time with the help of Calisa Crenshaw, 19, Moss said. Crenshaw turned herself in to police Thursday afternoon, he said.
May, of the 2000 block of Lambert Drive in Normal, is charged with armed robbery, aggravated robbery, armed violence and burglary in the robberies Oct. 20, Nov. 5 and Nov. 27. Nesby, of the 900 block of West Olive Street in Bloomington, who was already held by the Illinois Department of Corrections on an unrelated gun charge, previously was charged in the Oct. 20 robbery and is now charged with armed robbery and aggravated robbery in the holdups Nov. 27 and Dec. 11, Moss and court files said.
Petersen, of the 1200 block of West Hovey Avenue, is charged with burglary in the Nov. 5 incident. Crenshaw, of Bloomington, is charged with armed robbery.
Moss said nobody was hurt in the robberies, and he and other department officials are happy to see another batch of crimes solved.