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Update: Help Woods Police Identify Robber

Grosse Pointe Woods police are investigating an early morning armed robbery of Mobil gas station that followed an earlier morning robbery by the same person in Warren. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 313-343-2412.

police have released a still photo of an . They are asking anyone with information or anyone who recognizes him to call.

Police describe the man as black, 5-feet, 9-inches tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black cotton face mask, black hat, black jacket, blue jeans and red gloves.

Detective Sgt. Raymond Yonkowski said the man drove into the Mobil gas station lot at Mack Avenue and Vernier Road from the Vernier Road entrance about 5 a.m. Friday. He parked between two pumps with the front of the vehicle facing Mack Aveune.

The robber stayed in the stolen SUV for about a minute before getting out. Then he entered the retail store, where the clerk asked the man to remove a scarf he had covering his face per company policy. The man refused and then pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, Yonkowski said.

He came around the back of the counter, ordered the clerk to open the register and then filled a plastic grocery-type bag from the Mobil station with the cash, Yonkowski said.

The man also took additional cash that he found below the register during the robbery, according to a release from earlier in the day.

He was in the Mobil station for one to one and a half minutes total and then he drove from the gas station north on Mack Avenue in the 2004 silver Dodge Dakota he stole from a 7-11 clerk in Warren about 3 a.m., Yonkowski said.

The stolen car was put into the Law Enforcement Information Network early Friday but it has not yet been located, Yonkowski said. Detectives also made contact with a manager from the 7-11 store in Warren near 9 Mile and Schoenherr roads but he did not have much additional information.

Woods investigators are awaiting the reports from the Warren Police Department, to see if there is additional information that could help identify the robber.

The access to I-94 would seem like a quick get-away route but the robber used Mack Avenue instead, Yonkowski said, noting investigators are trying to determine why this robber struck two businesses so far apart.

Investigators believe the man walked into the 7-11 store in Warren as they have not found an abandoned vehicle that may have been left behind when he drove away in the clerk's car, Yonkowski said, which may also explain the amount of outdoor gear he was wearing.

The video surveillance equipment in Warren was not working but investigators are reviewing the tapes from the Mobil station in the Woods, Yonkowski said. Unfortunately it does not appear that there was much traffic that was coming and going from the station at that hour. But if there were witnesses, they are encouraged to call police, Yonkowski said.

No additional robberies have been committed in the area today that match the description or that have been reported to Grosse Pointe Woods police, he said.

. In that robbery, the men brandished guns and forced a customer who entered during the middle of the crime to the floor. No one was injured.

Friday's robbery is almost one year to the date of when . The shooting happened near 7 Mile and Hoover roads.

Police are asking for anyone with information about the robbery or if the stolen getaway truck is spotted to call 313-343-2412. The getaway car is a 2004 silver Dodge Dakota pickup truck with a Michigan license plate that begins with NMT97.

Bob McGovern January 20, 2012 at 09:23 PM
What a shame. Those are nice people running that gas station. I'm glad no one was hurt. If it was a couple hours later there would be children passing by on their way to Mason and Parcells - very dangerous situation then.
Bill January 20, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Too bad that area has become so bad, this is one of many problems there.
LMJ January 21, 2012 at 12:17 AM
It seems like this is a bad time for cuts to public safety. Can the Woods put together a committee to look at escalating violent crime, and how to address it?
judy sheehy January 21, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Perhaps the money voted on for a party for volunteers by our Mayor and City Council members might be better spent for public safety for our business's and residents
Chris K January 22, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Maybe next year that money can be used so the city can educate us on how to create neighborhood watch programs. Maybe next year the money can be used to televise or web stream city council meetings so we can learn for ourselves what is happening in our city. I have to think the council gets monthly reports on public safety issues.
LMJ January 22, 2012 at 05:33 PM
a neighborhood watch is a good call, and it would definitely be something I would be interested in participating in, in my neighborhood.

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