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Cops: Armed man arrested after stealing from 7-Eleven

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 19-year-old man is in custody after Clinton Township police say he stole $264 from a 7-Eleven store during an armed robbery.

The incident started about 3:33 a.m. at the 7-Eleven on the 37100 block of Groesbeck, north of 16 Mile, when the man allegedly entered the store, brandished a weapon, and ordered the clerk to hand over the money, which amounted to $264, said Capt. Richard Maierle.

The man then fled on foot. Officers spotted him nearby on Farmbrook, Maierle said, but he ran away. The manhunt continued.

It was sometime in the 5 o’clock hour when Maierle said officers spotted a man whose clothes matched the description of the robber, walking in the parking lot of Dee’s Marine, which is near the scene of the alleged crime.

Officers approached the man and asked why he had grass and dirt on him, if he had in fact just come from home, as he claimed, Maierle said.

At that point the man, Maierle said, told officers “I’m the guy you’re looking for.”

Why would we be looking for you?, the officers asked.

Because of what happened at 7-Eleven, the man said, according to Maierle.

They took the man into custody and recovered the $264 from him, Maierle said.

Police have not yet found the gun the man allegedly used, but Maierle said the suspect has been cooperative and will help police backtrack to where he left the weapon.

jdickson@detroitnews.com