Rockford man charged for series of robberies in December

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: Feb. 28, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

A Rockford man was indicted on charges tied to four robberies last December.

Janathan J. Turner, 25, was accused of robberies of Boost Mobile, S&H Tobacco, Discount Tobacco Store and Little Caesars within a 70-minute span. He faces multiple counts of armed robbery and aggravated robbery.

Turner is being held at Winnebago County Jail after being arrested in Mississippi in January. His next court hearing is set for March 21.


Updated: Jan. 7, 2019, 11:55 a.m.

A Rockford man wanted for several armed robberies was arrested over the weekend in Jackson, Mississippi.

Janathan Turner, 24, was taken into custody Friday. He is awaiting extradition from Mississippi after collaborative efforts with the Rockford Police Department and the FBI.

Turner was a suspect in two robberies of Rockford businesses and possibly connected to two others on Dec. 11, 2018. He reportedly stole money from a Boost Mobile on Auburn Street and S&H Tobacco on 11th Street.

Police say no one was hurt from any of the robberies.

“Violent crimes like the armed robberies committed last month will not be tolerated,” said Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea. “We, in conjunction with our local and federal law enforcement partner agencies, will utilize all of our resources to bring individuals to justice who commit these senseless acts.”

Turner is considered innocent unless proven guilty in the court of law.


Published: Dec. 18, 2018, 12:15 p.m.

A Rockford man is wanted in connection to two armed robberies over the past week.

Janathan Turner, 24, has been identified as a suspect for multiple robberies on Dec. 11 at Boost Mobile on 3201 Auburn Street and S&H Tobbaco on 2444 11th Street.

Police responded to reports of an armed robbery at Boost Mobile on Dec. 11 around 7 p.m. Officers say a man with a handgun stole money from the business and ran away.

Officers were later called to S&H Tobacco over an armed robbery report. The suspect allegedly pointed a gun at an employee and ran away with money.

No one was hurt from the two robberies. Investigators are looking into a possible connection​ with similar robberies from that night.

Turner is not in custody and remains at large. His bond is set at $250,000.

If you have any information on Turner or the crimes, contact the Rockford Police at 815-966-2900 or Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.