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Police seek armed robber

The Cedar Springs Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that took place Monday at an apartment on S. 7th Street.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, the occupants of the apartment were still up when a person knocked at their door Monday, August 27 at 2 a.m. and asked to use the phone. As one person turned to go get a cell phone, the person at the door came inside and closed the door. At some point this person grabbed one of the men inside the apartment, placed a sharp item to his back and demanded money. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash. He then took their cell phones before fleeing the apartment.

The suspect was described as a white male around 30 years of age, with his left arm fully covered with tattoos (a sleeve). This tattoo had black and gray flames.  The victims also said his front teeth were rotted or in bad condition.

Responding officers requested a K-9 unit but none were available. We continue to work this investigation and would like anyone having information to help identify the suspect to call the Cedar Springs Police Department at 696-1311 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or “Text a Tip.”

Chief Parent said they don’t think this was a random robbery. “The victims had recently sold a vehicle and we feel the suspect may have been informed about this address as a place to get some money from,” he explained. “Because we cannot be sure, we continue to advise citizens to call the police when they see something suspicious or have an unknown person knocking at the door during the nighttime hours.”

Parent also said they continue to take reports of property being stolen from vehicles left unlocked. “Do not leave valuables inside a parked vehicle, and it’s always best to lock the doors,” he said.

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