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Pontiac man held in connection with 2 armed robberies

The Detroit News

A man remains in police custody after his arraignment Tuesday on charges related to two armed robberies in Waterford Township last weekend.

Gregory Arnold White, 49, was given a $250,000 cash bond by Judge Richard Kuhn Jr. of the 51st District Court, and is at Oakland County Jail.

White, 49, was caught Sunday afternoon following a short foot chase after Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies found him in a home on the 400 block of Cameron of Pontiac, police said.

Deputies responded after reports that a man at the home had threatened others. When deputies arrived, they matched the suspect and a small, silver Hyundai two-door hatchback with the description of a man and car believed to have been used in the armed robbery of an Arby’s store in Waterford Township on Saturday.

In that incident, employees at the restaurant at 49 North Telegraph told Waterford Police a suspect ordered a meal at about 9:35 p.m. and then led them to believe he had a gun and demanded money, according to a release from Sgt. Chet Bartle. The man fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

The next day, just after 11 a.m., Waterford officers responded to a call about an armed robbery at the Dollar General store at 245 Summit Drive. Employees said a man waited at the checkout counter for the cash drawer to open. He then pressed a hard object into the employee’s back and implied he had a gun, police said. He took an undetermined amount of money from the register and fled.

Police said the description of the Dollar General suspect — who wore a black jacket with a tan elbow patch, blue sweat pants and a black knit hat — matched that of the man believed to have robbed the Arby’s the day before. He also fled in a vehicle that matched the one used a day earlier.

Once he was caught and identified Sunday, the suspect was found to have a valid parole absconder warrant from the Michigan Department of Corrections. Police also think he may be linked to an earlier robbery of a Family Dollar store in Pontiac.

Charges against the suspect are pending.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call Waterford Detective Larry Novak at (248) 618-7515.