2 sought in armed robberies at Oakland County stores

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Oakland County Sheriff’s officials are seeking tips to find two suspects in connection with a pair of unrelated armed robberies.

In the first incident, reported at about 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, a man allegedly used a knife to rob a Walgreens in the 2000 block of Rochester in Rochester Hills, authorities said. He stole the cash drawer then ran south on Rochester, according to a release.

Deputies searched the surrounding area with a K-9 and set up a perimeter but couldn’t find him.

The suspect is described as a white man, 20 to 25 years old, with a mustache and dark hair. He was last seen wearing dark pants and a tan or brown button-down shirt.

During the second incident, a man entered a Meijer on the 1700 block of Haggerty in Commerce Township at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday. Approaching employees who were emptying the cash registers at the front of the store, “the suspect produced a handgun and ordered the employees to give him the money,” sheriff’s officials said.

The suspect left through the main entrance. It was unclear if he had an accomplice or fled in a vehicle.

Investigators have released surveillance video footage of the suspect. He is described as an African-American male in his early 20s, around 5-foot-5, with a thin build, last seen wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt and a blue mask.

Anyone with information on either theft is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Michigan, which is offering a cash reward, at (800) SPEAK-UP.