1 arrest in Chesterfield Twp. Meijer gas robbery

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Hours after releasing photos and seeking tips from the public, Chesterfield Township arrested a man wanted in connection with a robbery at a Meijer gas station Tuesday.

The 43-year-old former Charleston, South Carolina, resident living in the township since last month was taken into custody by 10 p.m. in the “Fairchild Lakes” mobile home community near 23 Mile, police said in a statement Tuesday night.

“We anticipate presenting the case to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office in the morning and will supply the suspect’s identity post arraignment,” the statement read.

Wearing a red stocking cap, the man allegedly entered the Meijer gas station in the 51000 block of Gratiot about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, walked to the cashier’s counter then “held his hand in his jacket pocket and demanded money from the clerk, stating that he had a gun and that he had nothing to lose,” police said.

After the clerk handed him an undisclosed amount of money from the register, the man fled on foot, according to police.

The clerk called 911. Multiple township police units set up a perimeter around the area and searched with help from a K-9 unit but failed to find the man.

“Investigators believe that the suspect, after the robbery, removed articles of his outer clothing and entered the vestibule to the actual Meijer store, which is located several hundred yards west of the gas station,” police said.

Authorities released images of the man taken from surveillance footage in the vestibule. They credited media and social media coverage with spurring citizen tips that led to the arrest Tuesday evening.

Some people expressed their gratitude for the quick capture on the Chesterfield Township Police Department’s Facebook page.

“Thanks again Chesterfield Police, another one off the streets!!!!” one user wrote. “Great job!!”

Another post read: “Great job Chesterfield PD I feel so much better for our community!!!”