Muskegon PD: Arrest may be linked to recent robberies

Authorities say there have been about half a dozen incidents

A surveillance photo of a suspect who robbed the Seaway Liquor store on March 23. (Courtesy Norton Shores Police Department)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities in Muskegon County say a man they arrested may be responsible for a string of robberies over the past week.

The 24-year-old Muskegon man was arrested on Sunday on an armed robbery charge, according to the Muskegon Police Department. The charge he’s being held on is for a robbery at a Muskegon gas station that happened mid-morning Easter Sunday.

But he’s also a person of interest in a series of incidents around the county — Friday, Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Tim Maat told 24 Hour News 8 there had been about a half-dozen robberies at different locations.

Among those, according to the Norton Shores Police Department, were robberies at the Seaway Liquor store on Wednesday and the Sunny Mart convenience store less than 24 hours later. In both of those cases, the robber was armed with a handgun and made off with cash.

Police said that evidence found when search warrants were served linked the man to the Sunday armed robbery and other offenses.

A task force including officers from the Muskegon and Norton Shores police departments, Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police and the state Department of Corrections had been working to find the person responsible for the string of robberies between Tuesday and Thursday.

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