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Suspect sought in Detroit Family Dollar armed robbery

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit police say it appeared to start out as an ordinary transaction last weekend: a customer to a Family Dollar on Detroit’s west side stepped up to the counter as a cashier started placing money in a safe.

But seconds later, a security camera filmed the man leaving his items, racing behind the counter and committing an armed robbery, investigators said.

Photo of suspect in an armed robbery at a Family Dollar June 11, 2016, on Detroit's west side.

The would-be customer allegedly entered the store on the 22000 block of Grand River about 4:30 p.m. Saturday “and approached the counter as if he was going to make a purchase,” authorities said in a statement.

While “reaching his hand behind his back as though he was armed,” the release read, the man forced the cashier tending to the safe back to the cash register “and proceeded to remove an additional undisclosed amount of U.S. currency.”

Surveillance footage shows the entire minute-long incident. At least two customers approached the counter, apparently unaware of any crime, as the suspect clad in a black shirt with blue pants left through the front door.

Police described him as a bald, African-American man, 5-foot-8, 245 pounds, with a goatee. The type of handgun he carried during the robbery was unknown.

Anyone who has seen him, knows his whereabouts or has information is asked to call the 8th Precinct Detective Unit at (313) 596-5851. Anonymous tips can also be left through Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.