KOCHVILLE TWP. – Police say two men carrying handguns robbed the Advance America Cash Advance store, 2822 Tittabawassee, around 1 p.m., then tied up the clerk before running away with an undisclosed sum of money.
Saginaw County Sheriff William L. Federspiel said detectives were investigating whether the same two suspects robbed another Advance America Cash Advance store in Lansing around 3 p.m.
The description of the theft suspects in Kochville Township, Saginaw County – two black men in their twenties – matches the description of the Lansing armed robbery suspects, Federspiel said.
In both thefts, a suspect drew a handgun, the sheriff said.
“We don’t know if they’re the same two, but it’s a coincidence,” Federspiel said.
The Advance America Cash Advance store in Kochville Township is located in a mall between Staples and Target stores.
Police described the first suspect as a black man about 6 feet tall, weighing 160 pounds, clean shaven, wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans.
The second suspect is described as a pale black male of about 5ft 9in, weighing 160 pounds, also clean-shaven, wearing a multi-colored knit beanie, a dark jacket with a dark shirt underneath, dark blue jeans and shoes black tennis shoes.
The suspects were not wearing gloves or masks when they stole an undisclosed sum of money from the Kochville Township company, according to the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Randy F. Pfau.
“They haven’t tried to hide their identities at all,” Pfau said. “They said to the clerk, ‘We’re not bad guys, we won’t hurt you. We just want the money.
The sheriff said it was possible that the suspects were driving a dark-colored four-door vehicle, but no more precise description of the vehicle was obtained.
Federspiel said the Kochville Township store clerk was alone when she was robbed, but her manager returned to free her from the ties that had held her back.
The sheriff said detectives were examining footage from a store security camera and a sheriff’s department security camera in the parking lot of the Fashion Square shopping center which has a view of the shopping plaza housing the Advance America store. Cash Advance.
“We’re hoping that technology can help us get through this one,” Federspiel said.