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Armed robbery at Princeton Pharmacy investigated

Second attempted robbery in Peru results in two arrests

Princeton Police released a security camera photo of a male suspect in Saturday's armed robbery at Princeton Pharmacy. Police are encouraging anyone with more information about this incident to call the Princeton Police Department at 815-872-2351 or Crime Stoppers at 800-939-6929.
Princeton Police released a security camera photo of a male suspect in Saturday's armed robbery at Princeton Pharmacy. Police are encouraging anyone with more information about this incident to call the Princeton Police Department at 815-872-2351 or Crime Stoppers at 800-939-6929.

PRINCETON — Princeton Police are investigating a report of an armed robbery that occurred at Princeton Pharmacy Saturday afternoon.

Police were dispatched around 2:23 p.m. and spoke with witnesses and employees who advised that an unknown male subject entered the business, implied he had a weapon and demanded merchandise from an employee.

Upon receiving the merchandise, police said the suspect exited the businesses and fled the area on foot.

Police were able to obtain an image of the male subject from the pharmacy's video system.
Police are encouraging anyone with more information about this incident to call the Princeton Police Department at 815-872-2351.

The police department and Bureau/Putnam Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for any information leading to the arrest of the offenders in this incident.

Information may be reported anonymously through the Crime Stoppers by calling 800-939-6929.

As of Monday morning, Princeton Police Chief Tom Kammerer said he had not been in contact with Peru Police. According to a Peru Police report, information regarding an attempted robbery at CVS Pharmacy later in the day on Saturday was sent to Princeton Police Department to review during its investigation of the Princeton Pharmacy robbery.

According to Peru Police Department's report, officers were called to CVS Pharmacy for an attempted robbery around 9:53 p.m. Saturday. It was reported that two subjects were in the drive-thru with their faces covered, demanding drugs.

It was discovered later, the driver of the vehicle, which was a gray van, was Davina C. Dabulskis, 31, of Arlington. Her passenger was David A. Arthur, 33, of Arlington.

According to police, an officer arrived on scene almost instantly and observed the van exiting the CVS parking lot onto northbound Mall Road. He observed Dabulskis wearing a dark black coat with a blue shirt pulled up over the lower half of her face and black sunglasses driving the vehicle.

When the officer activated his emergency lights signaling the van to stop, it accelerated onto Mall Road and continued on Shooting Park Road. Dabulskis failed to signal her right turn onto Shooting Park Road as well as disobeyed the stop sign at that intersection.

The officer observed the license plates of the van were covered with plastic bags in an apparent attempt to prevent identification. The vehicle continued eastbound on Shooting Park Road, and approached Marquette Road where other traffic violations took place.

Once another Peru Police squad car was able to approach from the opposite direction, the van stopped and officers conducted a high-risk felony traffic stop on the van and ordered Dabulskis out of the vehicle.

Throughout the stop, additional officers from Peru, LaSalle and the Illinois State Police District 17 arrived on scene.

Dabulskis was charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude police, disorderly conduct, two counts of disobeying a stop sign, failure to signal, improper lane usage, no valid drivers license, which had been expired for more than a year, unlawful concealment of registration while fleeing/eluding, and operating uninsured motor vehicle. Dabulskis was also wanted on a LaSalle County warrant for forgery. She was taken to LaSalle County Jail, pending an appearance in bond court.

Arthur was charged with disorderly conduct and released with an Ottawa court date.

"I am very pleased with the text book response by the Illinois Valley Regional Dispatch 911 dispatchers and all the responding police officers from three agencies," Peru Chief Doug Bernabei stated in a press release.

"This incident, which took place in a busy shopping district on a Saturday night, was resolved in a matter of minutes and done so without injury to the defendants, the public or any police officers involved," Bernabei stated.

The Peru incident is still under investigation.

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