Fashion Bug robber sent to prison

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — In lieu of a pending jury trial, a 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery in connection with a string of robberies this summer.

Christopher Kaszubowski was sentenced Oct. 6 for two separate armed robbery charges by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hathaway. Kaszubowski was sentenced to seven to 15 years in prison for each conviction, with sentences to run concurrently.

Kaszubowski was arrested on July 14 near the Lincoln Park Credit Union, 1440 Emmons Blvd., suspected of preparing to rob the business as part of a summer string of armed robbery attempts. While being questioned by police near the Credit Union, an employee of the nearby Fashion Bug, 3622 Fort Street, identified Kaszubowski as the man who robbed the clothing store a few weeks earlier.

In August, 22-year-old Brandi Whiting was given probation and treatment rather than prison time for her part in at least one of the July robberies. Whiting was taken into custody when found driving what prosecutors said was the getaway vehicle near the credit union. Whiting was sentenced Aug. 17 by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner to two years of probation and in-patient drug and alcohol treatment.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)