SOUTH ROXANA — Police are asking a man charged in an armed robbery at a convenience store to turn himself in.
In a press release, Chief Bob Coles said the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged Kevin D. Shelby, 53, with armed robbery, armed violence and unlawful possession of weapons by a felon for an armed robbery at 2:37 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Casey’s store, 400 Broadway.
Police responded to neighborhood tips about Shelby, who resides in the 100 block of Sinclair Avenue. He moved to South Roxana four days prior to the robbery.
A warrant has been issued for Shelby’s arrest, with bond set at $1000,000. Shelby is not in custody and police say he is armed and dangerous.
“Shelby has no place to hide, no money to run, and we have his residence under surveillance,” Coles said in the press release. “It would be in Shelby’s best interest to turn himself in and get this incident behind him for himself and his family.”
Shelby recently shaved off his facial hair to alter his appearance.
Residents are advised to contact their local police department if they see Shelby or know of his whereabouts. All callers can remain anonymous.
“I would like to thank the citizen of South Roxana for coming forward to provide information which led to further the investigation and brought forth the charges announced today,” Coles said. “This type of community relationship is vital in keeping our town safe. I believe you have to get involved if you want to make a difference. I want to assure the citizens our town is safe thanks to the hard work and determination of what I believe to be the finest group of police officers who have ever served this community.
“I appreciate the media for their support as well,” he said. “All of the citizens questioned informed the police department they recognized Kevin Shelby from the local media coverage.”