Archive for Thursday, March 22, 2007

Armed robber hits store

March 22, 2007

Lansing Police are investigating the city's first armed robbery of the year.

Police Chief Steve Wayman said about 10 p.m. Tuesday a man walked into the Wood Oil Co. store, 109 4-H Road, showed the clerk on duty what she believed was a silver pistol and demanded money. The clerk complied with the demand, and the suspect left the store.

The clerk, Wayman said, was not injured.

Wayman said there was little information available about the suspect. He left on foot, so there was no description of a getaway car. The clerk was the only other person in the store at the time.

Police Detective Scott Crawford is looking at the store's surveillance video as part of the investigation.

"There is a video," Wayman said. "We're going to work with that : There's some decent information there."

In addition to being the first armed robbery of the year, it also was the first robbery at Wood Oil since December 2004. Gregory Mark George Jr. is serving more than 60 years in prison after being found guilty of aggravated robbery and rape charges related to that crime.

Wayman said Tuesday night's robbery came just after an officer had visited the store.

"One of our evening officers was actually at the store 30 minutes prior and doing a business check," he said. "He must have just missed him."

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Lansing Police at 727-3000.

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