Possible connection in gas station robberies

Tyrone Beasley

Lamont Williams

David McGee

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – Dearborn police officers are investigating two local gas station robberies which occurred over three days.

Officers are searching for three suspects who robbed a BP gas station at gunpoint Dec.1 and four who robbed a Mobil gas station Dec. 4.

Dearborn Police Cmdr. Thomas Teefey said officers believe the is a possibility the two robberies are connected.

“We have reason to believe that they are,” he said. “As of now, we don’t have any tangible leads but we’re working with the Detroit Police Department.”

According to a press release from the Dearborn Police Department, a store employee was throwing out trash about 10:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the BP station when he saw a dark-colored sport utility vehicle, occupied by three suspects wearing masks, drive into the parking lot. The employee walked inside the store and pressed an alarm button.

A suspect wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a black sleeveless shirt and black pants and two suspects dressed in black clothing entered the store and asked where the safe and key were located. When the employee said he did not have the key the suspects took the safe, which allegedly contained $36,000, a cash register, rolled coins and several cartons of cigarettes and fled in an unknown direction.

About 8 a.m. Dec. 4, four suspects wearing masks and dark-colored clothing entered a Mobil gas station, 12841 Michigan Ave., and stole an indeterminate amount of merchandise. They fled east on Michigan Avenue in a dark-colored SUV similar to the one seen prior to the BP robbery.

Teefey said no other information regarding the suspects’ description is available at press time.

Anyone with information regarding the robberies is asked to call the Dearborn Police Department tip line at 313-943-3012.

(Daniel Heraty can be reached at dheraty@bewickpublications.com.)