According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, a masked man walked into the store about 8:20 p.m. and demanded cash. No weapon was seen, but he kept his hand inside his front pocket, implying he had a weapon. The female clerk on duty gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash, and the suspect then walked out of the store and headed north.
The Cedar Springs Police, Michigan State Police, Rockford Police and Kent County Sheriff all responded to the scene, and Trooper Cardenas from the Michigan State Police brought in a K-9 to track the suspect. He was tracked to the parking lot just north and east of the business. The Sheriff Department assisted in establishing a perimeter while the tracking was underway.
Chief Parent said that a citizen did call the police after seeing a vehicle driving fast down his street soon after the robbery. “We were informed that a full size green or black vehicle, possibly a Chevy Tahoe or Suburban, was [seen] driving with no headlights on, heading east on Cherry Street towards the dead-end, then turning around and speeding back west,” said Parent.
The suspect was described as a white male, with a raspy or smoker’s voice. He had on dark clothing and a mask covered all of his face except for his eyes. The clerk described him to be about 5-feet-6-inches tall, medium build.
That same physical description (raspy voice, 5-foot-6, medium build) was also used to describe the suspect that robbed the store on November 26, 2011. He, too, had a mask, but was wearing a purple coat with some type of logo on the back. He was never caught.
Anyone with info on this robbery should call the Cedar Springs Police at 696-1311.