Missouri Woman Faces Federal Charges for Best Buy Robbery in Edwardsville

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Written By Lori Walker

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A Missouri woman, Jakiaya T. McCoy, 21, from Florissant, faces serious federal charges related to a robbery at a Best Buy store in Edwardsville. She has been indicted for transporting stolen vehicles, robbery affecting commerce, and possessing an illegal machinegun.

The FBI Springfield Field Office, along with local police departments, investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Reppert is handling prosecution.

U.S. Attorney Rachelle Aud Crowe emphasized their commitment to reducing violent crime in Metro East and southern Illinois, aiming to ensure safety for businesses and employees.

If convicted, McCoy could receive a maximum sentence of 20 years for robbery affecting commerce, and up to 10 years for each count of transporting stolen vehicles and possessing a machinegun.

McCoy’s arraignment is scheduled for July 8 at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis.

The charges stem from an alleged robbery at Edwardsville’s Best Buy on December 14, 2023, where McCoy reportedly used force to take Apple iPads, a hoverboard, and other items. Additionally, she is accused of possessing a Glock pistol modified with a machinegun conversion device.

Acting Special Agent in Charge Jermaine Deans highlighted the FBI Metro East Safe Streets Task Force’s dedication to community and business safety.

Further allegations state McCoy knowingly transported two stolen vehicles in Madison County in November 2023: a 2013 Kia Optima and a 2018 Chrysler 300.

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