Police may be closing in on coloring book bandit

By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE — Police believe they are getting close to finding the man who used crayons, a princess coloring book and deodorant to rob a CVS Pharmacy.

“We have some possibilities,” Police Chief Daniel Grant said of the man in the Nov. 29 robbery at 131 Elm St.

The man entered the store about 7 p.m. He picked up a stick of deodorant, a princess coloring book and some crayons, then wrote a note stating, “I don’t want to shoot. Give me everything in your drawer. If you have to scan something hurry up and do it.”

Grant said the clerk didn’t see a weapon, but the man implied he had one.

It appears the man waited for the store to clear out before covering his face with a mask and heading to the counter to demand the cash, authorities said.

The man fled on foot with less than $300, but left behind the deodorant and note.

“We’ve sent it out to see if we can get some latent print of the items,” Grant said.

It doesn’t appear the suspect is tied to other crimes.

“We’ve passed out the information to other detectives, there doesn’t seem to be a tie to any other (robbery,)” Grant said.

The robber was described as a white male in his 20s, wearing a black jacket, black pants and white shoes.

The surveillance cameras picked up images of the man, but Grant said some of them were “kind of iffy.”

(Tereasa Nims can be reached at tnims@bewickpublications.com.)