EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Three suspects have been identified in the armed robberies of two area businesses.
Derrick Rapley, 17, Anthony Plumley, 18, and Antonio Cantu, 17, have all been charged with at least one count of armed robbery.
On February 23, 2017 the Eau Claire Police Department says a "violent" crime was committed around midnight on the 700 block of North Dewy St.
Lt. Derek Thomas explained, “A-1 Taxi services picked up some kids in the downtown area and transported them where he was then threatened with a knife.”
The department says the A-1 taxi driver was told to give up his wallet and cellphone at knife point before four teenage suspects ran off.
Thomas went on to say, “The taxi cab driver told police that he picked the kids up at Kwik Trip downtown. We had investigators go back to Kwik Trip and take a look at the video. They were able to identify one of the kids in the video to be Antonio Cantu and then they started looking at different Facebook photos and were able to connect the dots that way with all the other ones involved.”
So far Rapley and Cantu have been identified and charged with armed robbery.
“It's good for the community to know that we take this type of violent crime seriously because it can happen to anybody,” said Thomas.
Thomas says a second robbery at Dominos on North Clairemont on April 7th later is tied together with the first, that's because one of the suspects involved in the robbery was Rapley.
“This time he bought a long a different person, Anthony Plumley. They decided to go rob a Dominos with a handgun,” explained Thomas.
The department says Plumley and Rapley robbed Dominos at gun point for $80.
The teenagers were identified after following leads from Bloomer High School students, both have been charged with armed robber.
Thomas added, “Armed robberies are violent crimes. These are innocent people who are simply doing their jobs and being victimized by these criminals. It brings an uneasy feeling on the community, we know that and we want to resolve that it as quickly as possible.”
The two other suspect involved in the armed robbery of the A-1 taxi driver have been referred for armed robbery charges but have not been identified.
All three of the identified suspects are due in Eau Claire County Court next Tuesday.