Police say two suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts entered the store in the 29200 block of Dequindre about 4 a.m. Wednesday and headed to the deli area with their backs to the clerk. (Madison Heights Police)
Madison Heights police are investigating the robbery of a 7-Eleven and its possible connection to two other recent crimes.
Two suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts entered the store in the 29200 block of Dequindre about 4 a.m. Wednesday and headed to the deli area with their backs to the clerk, police said.
One of the suspects also wore a ski mask; when the clerk asked him to remove it, he refused, police said.
“The clerk assisted the suspects in the deli area and began to walk back to the register behind the counter when one of the suspects tackled him,” police said in a release. “The suspect put a knee in the clerk’s back, holding him down while the other suspect went through the cabinets gathering cartons of cigarettes and placing them in a bag.”
Police said Marlboro and Newport cigarettes were targeted. Approximately 10 cartons and numerous loose packs valued at an estimated $600 were taken, they said.
After the suspects fled, responding officers found fresh footprints leading behind a nearby business, police said. Tire tracks showed a vehicle left north on Dequindre.
One of the suspects is also believed to have broken into a shop in the 29000 block of Stephenson Highway late Tuesday and on Jan. 29, Police Lt. Robert Anderson said.
That suspect is described as between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. In all three incidents, he wore a black nylon jacket with a hooded sweatshirt, light blue jeans and black-white tennis shoes, police said.
The second suspect in Wednesday’s crime is described as between 6 feet 2 inches and 6 feet 6 inches tall, heavy-set, weighing 275-300 pounds with a scraggly beard. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt that had a logo with a red horizontal stripe on the front, a black tank top, red shorts and white-black tennis shoes.
For tips, call Madison Heights Police at (248) 585-2100.