Robbery suspect still being sought.

December 13, 2014

branch_robbery_1By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief.

BRANCH TWP. — The Michigan State Police Hart Post has released more information about Friday night’s armed robbery at the Branch Grocery. Investigators are searching for a male, approximately 6-feet tall with a medium build. The suspect was wearing a grey zip-up style hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, worn low around the waist. The two store clerks indicated the suspect had something covering his face, possibly nylons.

branch_robbery_2The robbery took place about 6 p.m. at 9455 E. U.S. 10, just west of the Mason-Lake counties line. The suspect ordered the employees to the ground after forcing them to open the cash register, a state police press release stated. The suspect left the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. After leaving the store on foot, it appears he entered an unknown vehicle and left west on U.S. 10. It was originally reported by the police that he left east. No one was injured during the robbery.

If you have information about this crime, you are asked to contact Det. Sgt. David Johnson of the Michigan State Police Hart Post at (231) 873-2171.

In addition to the state police, sheriff’s deputies from Mason and Lake counties also responded.

Branch Grocery is owned by Joe and Teri Negele. The Negeles were not working in the store at the time of the robbery.

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