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Two Arrested Following Overnight Robberies

Monday March 21, 2016 1:26pm
Two Arrested Following Overnight Robberies

On March 20th, 2016, at 10:52 p.m., Dubuque Police responded to Casey’s General Store at 2699 Rockdale Road on the report of an armed robbery. The clerk reported an adult male entered the store, displayed a handgun, and tried unsuccessfully to take cash from the register.

Later the same night, at 11:14 p.m., Dubuque Police responded to the Oky-Doky Food Mart at 250 W. 1st Street, on another report of an armed robbery. The clerk reported an armed adult male entered the store, displayed a handgun, and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. The suspect also took several cartons of cigarettes.

Based on the descriptions provided by the employees and the close proximity in time, officers believed the two robberies were related. Surveillance and traffic cameras were utilized to develop a suspect vehicle description and direction of travel. Officers located what they believed to be the suspect vehicle at approximately 1:20 a.m. and stopped it at 17th & Iowa Street. Laci Jo McGuire, 11/09/90, of Boone, IA, was identified as the driver. Inside the vehicle officers located items linked to the robberies. McGuire was transported to the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center where she ultimately admitted involvement in both robberies.

As the investigation progressed, a second suspect was developed as McGuire’s boyfriend, Jeffrey A. Stonehocker, 04/24/87, of 2127 Garfield Avenue, Dubuque. Stonehocker was located at 2115 Stafford Street, arrested and brought to the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center where he was interviewed and admitted involvement in both robberies. Both Stonehocker and McGuire were charged with 2 counts of First Degree Robbery.

During the investigation, police had contact with Stonehocker’s mother, Rene K. Atkins, 03/16/61, at her residence (2127 Garfield Avenue). Atkins was uncooperative and began calling 9-1-1 after officers left, claiming she committed the two robberies. She made several 9-1-1 calls prompting officers to return to her residence and arrest her for “False reports to or communications with public safety entities”.

McGuire, Stonehocker and Atkins remain incarcerated in the Dubuque County Jail pending their initial court appearances. First Degree Robbery is a Class B Felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. False Reports to or Communications with Public Safety Entities is a Serious Misdemeanor punishable by a fine between $315 and $1,875, and incarceration not to exceed 1 year.

If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415. You can also submit tips anonymously online at www.cityofdubuque.org/police or through the MyDBQ smartphone app available at www.cityofdubuque.org/MyDBQ.  As with any criminal case, the charges filed are allegations and any suspects are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

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