CHICAGO – A federal grand jury has indicted two Chicago men on charges of conspiring to violently rob a number of pawn shops, foreign exchange bureaus and other retail stores in Chicago and the suburbs. Falandis Russell, 25, and Terrance Williams, 24, were charged Tuesday with conspiracy to commit theft in 12 heists that took place between July 2020 and January of this year, according to an indictment issued by a US district court.

Both wore masks and wielded dangerous weapons. The men are accused of stealing jewelry worth more than $ 305,000, as well as more than $ 22,000 in cash, according to court documents.

Russell is currently in law enforcement custody. He pleaded not guilty on arraignment on Tuesday, and he was scheduled to appear for a detention hearing on Wednesday afternoon. Williams was released on bail.

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The FBI was assisted in the arrests by area police departments including Arlington Heights, Bolingbrook, Chicago, Calumet City, Summit, Burbank, Round Lake Beach, Hammond (Ind.) And Streamwood.

“The charges in this important case are the result of the strong partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the Chicago area,” US Attorney John R. Lausch said in a press release. “We will continue to work together to hold violent offenders accountable.”

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Terrance Williams used the alias “Deo Trustnone” in social media posts showing a gun with an extended magazine and stacks of what appear to be $ 100 bills, prosecutors said. (United States Attorney’s Office)

The indictment identifies the 12 robberies committed in connection with the plot:

  • July 31, 2020: Russell and others robbed Cash America, located in the 1800 block of River Oaks Drive in Calumet City.
  • August 10, 2020: Russell and others stole EZ Pawn, located in the 6100 block of South Archer Street in Summit.
  • August 10, 2020: Russell and others robbed Cash America, located in the 4500 block of South Cicero Avenue in Chicago.
  • August 28, 2020: Russell and Williams stole Midwest Title & Loan, located in the 8300 block of South Cicero Avenue in Burbank.
  • August 28, 2020: Russell and Williams robbed Cash America, located in the 6300 block of South Kedzie Avenue in Chicago.
  • September 25, 2020: Russell, Williams and others robbed Helzberg Diamonds, located in the 600 block of East Boughton Road in Bolingbrook.
  • October 13, 2020: Russell, Williams and others robbed EZ Pawn, located in the 300 block of West Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach.
  • October 21, 2020: Russell and Williams stole EZ Pawn, located in the 4800 block of South Ashland Avenue in Chicago.
  • November 6, 2020: Russell, Williams and others robbed Cash America, located in the 3200 block of West Lawrence Avenue in Chicago.
  • December 16, 2020: Russell, Williams and others robbed Cash America, located in the 6800 block of Indianapolis Boulevard in Hammond, Ind.
  • January 19, 2021: Russell and others robbed EZ Pawn, located in the 900 block of East Irving Park Road in Streamwood.
  • January 22, 2021: Russell and Williams robbed EZ Pawn, located in the 1700 block of West Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights.

“The defendants are charged with a wave of violent crimes in several states with 12 armed robberies in almost as many communities,” said Emmerson Buie, Jr., special agent in charge of the local Chicago office of the FBI, in the communicated. “The public should feel safer doing business at local establishments, and we hope they feel safe knowing that justice is being served.”

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