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Savickas pleads guilty to felony charges

Jacob Abraham Savickas

By Judy Reed

The man who robbed the Cedar Springs Admiral gas station and a string of other businesses here in Michigan and Ohio (including two banks) in the summer of 2017, pleaded guilty on Monday to four felony counts.

Jacob Abraham Savickas, 34, of Howard City, entered the pleas in Kent County’s 17th Circuit Court on Monday, November 26, as part of a plea agreement. Savickas started his crime spree Wednesday, July 26, 2017, with unarmed robbery of the J&H Mobil gas station at 4404 Clyde Park Ave., Wyoming. He then robbed the Admiral gas station on the corner of Main and Muskegon Street in Cedar Springs the next day, Thursday, July 27. Shortly after police found him at the rest stop on US-131 near 10 Mile Rd., but after a brief foot chase, he got back into his car and sped away. Police pursued him, but terminated the chase on 10 Mile Rd. 

Savickas drove to Indiana later that day, where he committed three more robberies, including two gas stations and a credit union. He then drove back to Michigan, and robbed the Next Door Food Store at 4616 Alpine Ave., N.W., where he struck the clerk with his vehicle. He also robbed the Independent Bank, 3090 Plainfield Ave NE on Wednesday morning August 2. 

He was arrested without incident on Wednesday, August 9, at a local hotel, by the FBI Fugitive Task Force.

Savickas pleaded guilty to the Independent Bank robbery, larceny from a person, attempted larceny from a person, and being a habitual offender. In exchange, two other felony charges and two separate cases were dismissed.

Savickas was previously convicted in 2015 of retail fraud, first degree. He was arrested after he tried to steal plasma cutters from Family Farm and Home in Cedar Springs. Employees recognized him at the time as someone who previously stole welders and interrupted the theft of the plasma cutters. He fled but was arrested and held on six charges, several for retail fraud at other locations. He was sentenced to a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years in prison. His record on the Michigan Corrections website shows him listed as a parole absconder as of July 6, 2017.

Savickas could be sentenced to up to life in prison. He will return to court for sentencing in January.

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