A suspect caught on surveillance video adjusts his hood during a gas station break-in.

A suspect caught on surveillance video adjusts his hood during a gas station break-in.

Photos taken from video provided by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office


Deputies search for woman, two men following gas station robberies in Oakland County

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published June 25, 2019

 A suspect grabs items behind the counter in a gas station break-in.

A suspect grabs items behind the counter in a gas station break-in.

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The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is looking for three people wanted after two local gas stations were robbed the morning of June 23.

Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said a woman and two men first hit a Sunoco gas station in the 7600 block of South Ortonville Road, in Independence Township, at around 3:30 a.m.

According to reports, one suspect broke a glass door with a rock before entering the gas station with another suspect. Deputies said the surveillance video shows two people stuffing several packages of cigarettes into a large plastic bag before fleeing in what appears to be a dark-colored Pontiac G6 sedan with a third suspect driving, headed southbound on Interstate 75. 

At around 4 a.m. the trio then reportedly broke into a Shell gas station located in the 2200 block of Crooks Road, at M-59, in Rochester Hills. This time, a man — wearing a white hooded sweatshirt — used a large cinder block to break the front door glass before entering the store with a woman wearing a black sweatshirt. 

Capt. Michael Johnson, of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office’s Rochester Hills substation, said surveillance video shows the man and woman stuffing several packages of cigarettes from the display case into a plastic bag and then attempting to take the drawer out of the cash register, which he said was tethered to the interior. 

“They were unable to get the drawer, so they literally just left with packages of cigarettes. It was not really a significant theft,” Johnson said. 

They then fled the area in the same dark Pontiac G6 sedan driven by a third suspect, heading southbound on Crooks Road and then entering the westbound ramp for M-59.

“The vehicle that was involved is described as a Pontiac G6 sedan — obviously, that is a car that has been out of production for quite a while now. There are less and less of them around, so we are hoping that somebody may be able to recognize the vehicle,” Johnson said. 

The first suspect is described as a white woman wearing a black sweatshirt with the word “Queen” in white letters, a white mask covering her face, gloves, and a green bandana covering her hair.

The second suspect is described as a white man, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, heavyset, and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, a black mask covering his face, bright green gloves and white tennis shoes.

The third suspect is described as a heavyset man; he reportedly remained in the driver’s seat of the getaway car.

Deputies are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the culprits. A $1,000 reward is offered for a tip leading to an arrest in the case, Johnson said.

“We put this information out to the media, so we are obviously hoping to generate some information on it,” he explained.  

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.  Deputies said all callers will remain anonymous. 

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