Posted on 24 January 2013.
By Judy Reed
Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent spoke to the Cedar Springs Area Chamber Commerce Monday evening about the robberies that took place last month and ways and things business owners should do if one occurs.
“These will not be quickly solved,” he said
The first robbery occurred on October at the Admiral gas station, on October 9, at about 9:20 p.m. It was robbed again on December 22, about 9:02 p.m. Then, on December 29, the Kent Theatre was robbed at about 10 p.m. In each case, a man with a mask pulled over his face implied he had a weapon and demanded money, and then fled on foot to the east side of town.
Two days later, on December 31, New Year’s Eve, Family Video was robbed at about 9:50 p.m. A man in dark hair and dark clothing walked around the store for about 20 minutes without a mask waiting for others to leave, then pulled a stocking cap down over his face with eye holes cut out and approached the counter. He showed the clerks a 5 or 6 inch hunting knife and demanded money. He then walked away to the west, towards Second St. He was tracked to Beech and Second Street, where the scent disappeared.
Each time the clothing has been different, but he has been described as about 5 foot 8 inches, and somewhere between 165 to 200 pounds.
Chief Parent urged residents to report any suspicious activity, such as a car parked and idling in a spot where it normally wouldn’t be, and if they see a crime, to be a good witness. “Look for scars, tattoos, the type of clothing they wear,” he said.
Anyone with information should please call the Cedar Springs Police a 616-696-1311, or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.
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Posted on 28 December 2012.
This was the scene when the Admiral Gas Station at the corner of Main and Muskegon when it was robbed in October. It was robbed again Saturday evening, December 22. Post photo by J. Reed.
The Admiral Gas Station at the corner of Main Street and Muskegon in Cedar Springs was robbed again Sunday evening, December 22, for the second time in just over two months.
According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, the robbery took place about 9:06 p.m. A single male entered the store wearing a dark coat with light colored collar, dark beanie-type stocking cap, and a light-colored mask. He was described as about 5-foot 8-inches, 200 pounds. The suspect kept his hand inside his pocket to imply he had a weapon. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
No area canine units were available to track the subject.
The clerk on duty was not the same clerk as in the previous robbery. That incident took place October 9, about 8:20 p.m. The robber in that incident was described as 5-foot 6-inches, medium build, with a raspy voice.
If you have info on this or the other robbery, please call the Cedar Springs Police at 616-696-1311.
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Posted on 02 December 2011.
The robbery suspect entering the Admiral gas station last Thursday about 12:46 a.m.
Police are searching for the suspect that robbed the Admiral gas station in Cedar Springs early Saturday morning.
According to Cedar Springs Police, a man wearing a disguise entered the Admiral Gas station at the corner of Main and E. Muskegon Streets about 12:46 a.m. Saturday morning, November 26, and displayed a gun to the clerk. The man, described as about 5-foot 6-inches, with a husky build, and possibly wearing khaki pants, fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police set up a perimeter and searched for the suspect. A tracking dog led police to the Meadow Creek Apartments at the end of Oak Street, but no suspect was apprehended.
Surveillance photos show a man with something pink or red covering his face, possibly a blue or purple hat over that, and he’s wearing a blue or purple jacket with a picture on the back of a bear head with a fish in its mouth. If you have any info on who this might be, or if you’ve seen this coat before, please call Cedar Springs Police at 696-1311. You can also call or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345. You can submit tips online by going to http://www.silentobserver.org/reportacrime.asp. Or you can text a tip to CRIMES (274637). TIP138 must appear in the first line of your message, then type your message. All tips to Silent Observer are anonymous.
Cedar Springs Police were assisted by the Kent County Sheriff Department, a Wyoming Police Canine Officer, and the Rockford Police.
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Posted on 15 April 2011.
Gas prices hit a high this week that hasn’t been seen since the summer of 2008. Gas was $3.96 in Cedar Springs, with Admiral being $3.95 at press time on Wednesday.
Michigan is one of several states seeing the high end of the gas prices, but gas is approaching $4 per gallon around the country.
There are signs, however, that Americans may be cutting back on driving because of the high prices. Sales dropped 3 percent at most of the nation’s major gas-station chains, according to a March survey by the Oil Price Information Service.
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