Warren police arrest alleged ‘serial robber’

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 10, 2020

 The man, who was not named pending his arraignment, was believed to be responsible for robberies at a list of stores, including Check ’n Go on Harper Avenue in St. Clair Shores on Dec. 30.

The man, who was not named pending his arraignment, was believed to be responsible for robberies at a list of stores, including Check ’n Go on Harper Avenue in St. Clair Shores on Dec. 30.

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 Detective Cpl. Christopher Skridulis briefs reporters on the Jan. 7 arrest of a man Warren police described as a “serial robber.”

Detective Cpl. Christopher Skridulis briefs reporters on the Jan. 7 arrest of a man Warren police described as a “serial robber.”

Photo by Brian Louwers

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WARREN — Warren police said a 26-year-old parolee who remained in custody at press time is a “serial robber” with alleged ties to a series of thefts at stores in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties over the last month.

Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said the man, who was not named pending his arraignment on related charges, was arrested at his residence on Wayne Road in Westland on Jan. 7 by Warren detectives and officers with the department’s Special Operations Unit. The operation was part of an ongoing investigation, and Dwyer said the arrest was conducted with the assistance of resources from the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Dwyer said the man, who served 6 1/2 years of a 30-year sentence for robbery before he was paroled in August, allegedly robbed the Family Dollar store on Eight Mile Road west of Mound Road on Dec. 12, and the Check ’n Go store on Hoover Road south of 10 Mile Road on Dec. 17.

Warren police said the man was also suspected of committing thefts in Detroit on Dec. 12; in Taylor, St. Clair Shores and Pontiac on Dec. 30; and in Sterling Heights on Jan. 2.

Dwyer said two of the stores, Family Dollar in Warren and Check ’n Go in Taylor, were also part of a 2013 spate of armed robberies that resulted in the man’s prior conviction.

He said the arrest was the result of “superb” work by Warren detectives, special ops officers and surveillance personnel.

“The tenacity of the officers here, the Criminal Investigations Division and the Special Operations Unit, was unbelievable,” Dwyer said. “There are a lot of departments out there that would have liked to arrest him. This department is taking the credit because we should take the credit, because the officers did an outstanding job.”

Detective Cpl. Christopher Skridulis of the Warren Police Department, the officer in charge of the investigation, said warrants related to the robberies would be requested, but that the man was being held for probable cause, warrants and alleged parole violation. A combination pellet/BB gun was recovered from the man’s 2002 Mercury Sable after it was towed to the Warren Police Department and searched following the acquisition of a warrant. Police do not believe that was the weapon used in the robberies, however.

Dwyer said the man clearly felt “comfortable” returning to rob “vulnerable” stores, even after he was imprisoned for the crime in 2013.

“I believe without intervention, this would have absolutely continued until he was caught,” Skridulis added.

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