Teens caught in connection with Little Caesars robbery

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 27, 2016

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Two Detroit teens are in custody on robbery charges after they allegedly stole from the cash register at a local pizza shop.

St. Clair Shores police responded to a call from Little Caesars in the 22000 block of Greater Mack Avenue around 9:30 p.m. April 18. A 49-year-old employee from Warren said that she was in the back of the store by the oven when she saw two men wearing dark clothes and masks come into the store and walk behind the counter. She approached them and one said to open the register. The employee told police that she backed away as he tried to grab her. She also tried to grab the phone to call 911 but he took the phone away.

At that point, a 26-year-old employee from Clinton Township approached and tried to push the suspect off of the first woman. 

“A female employee came up and confronted them, he pushed the female employee against the oven,” said Detective Lt. Dave Centala. “The other suspect gained entry into the cash register, taking an undisclosed amount of money (and) both fled on foot.”

A police officer near Alger and Harper was on the lookout after dispatch told him that they saw a man with no shirt jumping over a wall at Alger and heading south. That’s where he found 17-year-old Ayono Alcondo Pankey, of Detroit, running through the 7-Eleven parking lot near Shady Lane and Harper. Pankey painted a different story of the incident.

“He ditched his T-shirt in an unknown backyard and ran out of his shoes and when he was eventually caught by us, he claimed he was robbed,” Centala said. “He didn’t run. He came up with that story instead.”

Police located the second suspect, 17-year-old Gary Ricardo Peoples, of Detroit, near the Whistle Stop Hobby Shop.

The two men were arraigned April 19 in front of 40th District Court Judge Mark Fratarcangeli on charges of unarmed robbery and conspiracy to commit unarmed robbery. Pankey’s bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety and Peoples’ bond is $25,000 cash or surety. Both are still in custody and have requested court-appointed attorneys. They will be back in court May 3 for a probable cause hearing.

Centala said no one was hurt in the incident.

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