(MT. VERNON, IL) — The Mt. Vernon Police Department have arrested a 22 year old Mt. Vernon man in connection with a string of robberies in the area. On Thursday at 10:29 a.m., an officer of the MVPD initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at 7th and Barton in Mt Vernon driven by Denzal R Haynes. Haynes was initially taken into custody for obstructing Identity for providing a false name and driving while license revoked. The traffic stop led to a further investigation related to recent armed robberies in Mt. Vernon and Wamac. During the investigation, two search warrants were served, three residences searched, one vehicle searched, and numerous people interviewed. The investigation led to the recovery of property from the robberies and items believed to be used during the robberies. Haynes was further charged with three counts of armed robbery. These charges are in connection with the two armed robberies of Times Square Liquors North on Salem Road and Jumpin’ Jimmy’s Convenience Store at 3200 Broadway. Additional charges and arrests are expected. This is an on-going investigation between the Mt. Vernon Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Wamac Police Department, Illinois State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Haynes is considered innocent until proven guilty in court.

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