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On Saturday, March 12, three gas stations were robbed in Michigan; one in Milan, one in Pittsfield Township, and one in Dundee. According to news reports, it seems that one man committed all three robberies.

As of Wednesday police were still searching for the suspect, described as a white male wearing a hoodie pulled over his head, a black jacket, and white bandana over his face. He is believed to be 5′ 10″ to 6 feet tall.

The first robbery occurred just after 6 a.m. at the BP station in Dundee, where the suspect demanded cash but the station clerk drew a gun, causing the suspect to flee.

On Thursday January 7, a car that was left running in a driveway in Ypsilanti was stolen according to a news report at Mlive.com. Authorities say the car, a 2005 silver Chevrolet Impala, was at a residence in the 1000 block of Nash Avenue when the incident occurred.

Two unknown suspects were last observed driving the vehicle north on Nash. The car is reported to have a dent in the front driver side quarter panel, and a paper plate in the rear window.

Just two days earlier, a woman left her vehicle running as she went inside a business in Ypsilanti; her vehicle was gone when she returned just 10 minutes later. This incident occurred in the 600 block of East Michigan Avenue. In this case, the vehicle stolen was a 2010 Ford Fusion, gray in color, with damage to the right side of the front bumper. Reports claim the bumper has duct tape on it.

Yesterday it was announced that Meridian Township Police were in search of a man who entered an apartment at The Lodges Apartments located near MSU’s campus. According to WILX-TV, the man is believed to have walked into an unlocked apartment while the woman who lived there was taking a shower.

The incident occurred on Wednesday evening when the man entered the apartment and waited in the bedroom as the young woman showered. As he waited, the woman’s roommate came home; the suspect then ran off. Police are calling the man a “home invasion suspect,” and believe him to be a while male in his mid-twenties, about 5′ 10″ tall with a medium build and brown hair.

Lieutenant Greg Frenger said the police believe the man had been watching the woman and her apartment, and that he knew she would be alone when he entered. Frenger also believes the woman left the apartment door unlocked, a practice that is all too common in the apartment complex. A neighbor who lives across the hall from where the incident took place said that residents don’t always lock their doors, as many come in and out frequently. Frenger asked that residents be more cautious and aware, but particularly vigilant in locking their doors.

Recently, two men were arrested after they allegedly robbed a female clerk at the Country Store II in Geneva Township. According to a news report at Mlive.com, the woman was robbed at knifepoint on December 2. When the incident was over, she jotted down the license plate number of the suspects’ vehicle. iStock_000011602905_Large (2)

The robbery occurred at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday, when a man entered the store and demanded money from the 36-year-old clerk while wielding a knife. She was not harmed, but did give the man an undisclosed amount of cash before he left the store. She went out to the parking lot and wrote down the license plate of a car she thought was suspect.

After reporting the license plate number to police, officers from Midland and Coleman assisted in locating the two men who were involved, identified them, and arrested them. One of the suspects is a 37-year-old Mount Pleasant man, the other a 19-year-old Midland man. Police said the Bay County Sheriff’s Dept. assisted in arresting the Mount Pleasant man. Both were taken into custody; police have recommended they be charged with armed robbery.

On Tuesday, October 6, two men were allegedly shoplifting at a Home Depot in Auburn Hills when a customer who was permitted to carry a concealed firearm shot out a tire of the men’s getaway vehicle, a Kia SUV. While the woman had not been charged with a crime at the time of news reports, the two men had been taken into custody. According to Mlive.com, it is likely the men will be charged with first-degree felony retail fraud. iStock_000018331817_Full (2)

On Friday, October 9, Auburn Police Lt. Jill McDonnell announced the two were in custody. While the men were not named, it is known they are both from the Flint area, and are 52 and 46 years old. On Wednesday, police released surveillance video which helped them locate the getaway vehicle at the home of the 46-year-old suspect.

An updated news report at The Oakland Press revealed on October 13 that the 46-year-old woman who fired at the suspects’ vehicle in the parking lot, Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez, has now been arrested and charged with misdemeanor reckless use, handing, or discharge of a firearm. If found guilty, she could face a fine and/or up to 90 days in jail.

Recently, a man who employees believe was wearing a gas mask robbed a Little Caesars Pizza restaurant in north Lansing. According to news reports, the suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded money, which he was given. The incident occurred around 7 p.m. on Wednesday September 30. pizza-1327877

No one was injured in the armed robbery, and the suspect was believed to have fled the scene in a vehicle. At the time of news reports, the suspect was still at large. However, police say the man had some features that were distinguishing, including tattoos on the top of both of his hands. He is described as a black man in his 20’s, approximately 6′ tall and thinly built. At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing blue jeans and a dark colored zip-up hoodie.

Although the suspect had fled by the time police arrived on the scene, a K-9 tracking team was brought in in an effort to track down the suspect, to no avail. Lansing police Public Information Officer Robert Merritt said the same Little Caesars location was robbed in March, however they do not believe the two incidents are related.

On September 17, two women, both grandmothers, were carjacked at Detroit’s Motor City Casino according to a recent article at Mlive.com. The women, one from Sterling Heights and one from Clinton Township, were 68 and 78 years old respectively. Their names were not mentioned in the news article. slot-machines-1571555

The suspect, 49-year-old Wayne Darrell Jones, was arrested on September 21. The Wayne County Prosecutors Office said in a statement on the day Jones was arrested that he got into the vehicle with the two victims at about 5:30 a.m. on the day of the crime, pulled out a hand gun, took the women’s purses, and demanded money. He then ordered the younger of the two women to drive the car; when they reached the area of Appoline Street and Schoolcraft where a field was located, he forced the two victims out of the car and drove away. Police claim the victims were helped by a good Samaritan after walking two miles.

Jones was arrested and charged with two counts each of armed robbery, carjacking, felony firearm possession, and unlawful imprisonment. At his arraignment hearing on the 21st, bond was set at $100,000.

Approximately two weeks ago, a 23-year-old Metro Detroit man was arrested for allegedly robbing a South Lyon credit union, getting away with about $9,000 according to the Washington Post. Brian Randolph told detectives that he robbed the bank to pay for cancer treatment for his one-year-old daughter, and that he had recently lost insurance coverage. Randolph has no felony criminal history, according to authorities. us-currency-4-1007270-m

At the time of news reports in late August, Randolph was being held on a $500,000 bond after appearing on armed robbery and bank robbery charges. If convicted of the charges against him, he could face life in prison.

The suspect went into Vibe Credit Union on August 12 and proceeded to give a teller a note indicating that he was carrying a gun, and that he wanted $20,000. Police say the teller gave Randolph approximately $9,000 in cash. South Lyon Police Lt. Chris Sovik stated that a gun was never displayed during the robbery, and that police did not locate a gun.

For months, someone has been setting fire to abandoned homes in Saginaw; now, police believe they have their man, although his name cannot be released pending his arraignment. News reports do indicate the suspect is 49 years old, and police along with residents are relieved to get the man police are calling a “serial arsonist” off the streets. 1209539_lighting_a_match_2

Following police interviews with the suspect, Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser said the man is responsible for at least 14 of the fires that have occurred in recent months. He also said that the interviews did not reveal why the man set the fires, and no motive can be determined.

How did police catch the suspect? According to Kaiser, police set up on various homes in Saginaw on Tuesday the 18th anticipating the man would return to the scene of the crimes. Police were in luck; the suspect did return to a house that had been set on fire in the past. He was holding a cup police believed was filled with accelerant. Police say he struck again, and police confronted the man as he was walking away from the scene. The suspect dropped the cup, and police took him into custody. Meanwhile, the home the suspect had returned to had a porch that was noticed to be in flames by other officers.

In December of last year, a 15-year-old Bangor Township teen called 911 to report he had been robbed of his iPhone, a phone he had listed for sale on Craigslist; he wall allegedly robbed at gunpoint. smart-phone-icon-1377498-m

Deputies were told by the teen that he had put an ad on Craigslist to sell his Apple iPhone 6 for $600, and that about a week later he received a text indicating interest in the iPhone from an 810 area code. The teen and the interested party made a deal for $550, and the buyer called the boy from the same number to get directions to his home.

A car soon arrived at the teen’s home, carrying two men and a woman. The teen was told to get in the car as he approached the driver’s side, however he refused. The driver used the excuse that they needed him to direct them to a station nearby so they could get gas, however he did not get into the vehicle. He gave the iPhone to a male in the front passenger seat, at which point what looked to the teen to be a semi-automatic handgun was pulled on him. Court records indicated that the passenger threatened to shoot the teen if he “tried anything.” The vehicle then left.