Police search for armed robber of AT&T store

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published June 6, 2013

MADISON HEIGHTS — Local authorities are looking for a masked man who robbed a store at gunpoint and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The armed robber hit the AT&T store at 32800 John R around 7 p.m. May 23.  He is described as a black man, around 20 years of age, standing between 5 feet 8 inches tall and 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing around 170 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie, dark jeans, white gloves, and a white facemask that covered his hair and mouth but left his eyes exposed.

The suspect had appeared at the store 20 minutes before the hit, unmasked and feigning interest in a phone. Police say he was casing the location. Surveillance footage confirmed the suspect’s clothing. The clerk identified this individual as the masked man based on his voice when the suspect returned 20 minutes later.

Witnesses also say the suspect had a 3-inch-by-2-inch oval-shaped tattoo on the left side of his neck, dark brown or black in color.

Prior to the incident, when the suspect was casing the location, there were about a half-dozen customers in the store. The suspect reappeared when they all left. He came into the store wielding a gray pistol and allegedly told the 29-year-old man working at the front to take him to the back office.

Once there, the employee was ordered to open the safe and empty its contents into a white cloth bag the suspect tossed him. While the victim loaded the bag with money, the suspect is said to have cornered a second employee, a 23-year-old woman, while she was in the back room. The suspect told her to not move until he had left the building.

When the suspect had what he’d come for, he left the way he came, through the front doors, and was last seen walking east. Overall, the robbery took only two minutes.

Once caught, the suspect faces felony charges that could lead to life in prison.

“It’s a brazen robbery during daylight hours, in the evening when there could be potential for more customers,” said Madison Heights Police Lt. Robert Anderson. “He didn’t have the cover of darkness, and he just left as he came.”

If you have information regarding this incident, call the Madison Heights Police at (248) 585-2100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP. Calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and result in cash rewards.