Alleged gas station robber detained on outstanding warrants

News sources in northern Michigan say that the investigation into the Dec. 29 armed robbery of a business in Baldwin remains underway as police continue to interview a man whose image was allegedly captured by a surveillance camera at the scene. The man was taken into custody on several outstanding warrants, including burglary, after police located him in a nearby neighborhood following the incident.

According to the Lake County Sheriff, a man entered the Wesco gas station shortly after 2 a.m. and demanded cash at gunpoint. Reports indicate that the man also took some cartons of cigarettes after forcing a clerk to remove an undisclosed amount of money from the cash drawer. No one was injured during the incident.

While fleeing the scene, the robber reportedly dropped some of the cash and cigarettes. Authorities followed the trail of allegedly stolen items to a pile of discarded clothing that they believe was worn during the incident. With the help of a witness, police were subsequently able to match a description of the robber to an individual in a home in the area and detained the man on a separate warrant.

Sources do not indicate whether any charges are expected to be filed in connection with the gas station robbery. However, those charged in incidents similar to this that include a violent component may be subject to extremely harsh penalties upon conviction, including a potential life sentence. Although shoplifting and theft charges may seem relatively minor in comparison, Michigan residents may want to be aware that these charges could also have life-altering consequences if the prosecutor seeks the maximum penalty allowed by law. Individuals who find themselves facing similar charges may find it beneficial to ask a criminal defense attorney to review the facts of their case.

Source: 9&10 News, " Updated: Police arrest suspect in armed at Baldwin gas station", Cody Boyer, December 30, 2014