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Two Charged with Armed Robbery and Vehicular Invasion

On March 5th, at approximately 1:39 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office responded to a robbery report in the parking lot of 1101 Adlai Stevenson Drive.  The female victim told Deputies that multiple subjects slashed her tire and stole her cell phone.

The suspects also took her keys, then fled north on 11th Street in a red SUV. Video footage from inside the store showed two of the suspects, a black male and a white female, who were involved in the robbery.

The Investigations Division was assigned the case, and detectives distributed photos of the suspects to law enforcement partners. An officer with the Springfield Police Department was able to identify the black male suspect as 19-year-old Izaiah McCowan, of the 2000 block of Stockton Dr., Spfld. Detectives also were able to identify the 17-year-old female observed on the video and locate a current address. After tracking the victim's iPhone to that address, detectives obtained a search warrant for an address in the 900 block of Greenview Drive.

On March 6th, detectives served the search warrant and located Joshua Garlo and the 17-year-old female suspect inside the residence. Garlo, 22, of the 800 block of Bruns Lane in Springfield, was identified as the third suspect in the robbery, taken into custody, and transported to the Sangamon County Jail. The 17-year-old female was released to a family member. The victim’s cellphone was located inside the residence.

McCowan and Garlo were both charged by the Sangamon County State’s Attorney with Armed Robbery and Vehicular Invasion. Criminal charges are being considered for the 17-year-old.

McCowan was arrested by Springfield Police approximately 12 hours before the search warrant on an unrelated criminal offense. He was also arrested in November 2023 for felony theft and released under the Pre-trial Fairness Act. The judge ordered McCowan to be released on the current case with electronic monitoring. McCowan was transferred to the Menard County Jail on an unrelated case.

Garlo, who is currently on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections for a 2021 burglary case, was ordered detained by the judge.



The Sheriff’s Office thanked the Springfield Police Department for their assistance in identifying McCowan.


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