FBI Gets Involved in Lansing-area Crime Spree

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

Thomas Holloway is worried.

"It's a scary feeling. You don't know what they're going to do to you," he says.

Still shaken by a robbery that took place where he works, Mario's convenience store in south Lansing -- and worried it'll happen again.

"You never know who's gonna walk in that door late at night," Holloway says.

Turns out he isn't alone. In fact, Holloway might have been just the first victim in a string of armed robberies that have spread across the Lansing area over the last two months.

A hold-up at the QD on West Jolly in June, then a robbery and shooting at a West Lansing Citgo in early July.

Suddenly, local police noticed a trend.

"All had the same method of operation," says Lansing Police Lt. Noel Garcia. "There were two to three suspects in this string of armed robberies. They were in and out pretty quick."

The problem? The suspects hadn't struck just Lansing. Stores in East Lansing, DeWitt and Lansing townships -- victims across Ingham County. Suddenly local agencies found themselves struggling with the pesky issue of jurisdiction.

Then a solution: A joint task force, comprised of just about every law-enforcement agency in the area.

"Lansing Township Police Department, Lansing Police Department, Ingham County Sheriff's Office, Michigan State Police, the FBI, American Tobacco and Firearm, Meridian Township," Garcia lists.

An all-out effort, and one that quickly zeroed in on a group of suspects.

Lansing Police say they don't yet have anyone in custody but did say they're tracking a number of suspects, who strike locations with two to three guys at a time and generally come armed.

Thomas Holloway is taking that information to heart. He closes up shop at 10 p.m. now instead of 11 and says he always has three people working at a time.

His other piece of advice?

"Just do what they want me to do. Just give 'em the money, and try to save your life."

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  • by jamie Location: albion on Jul 25, 2009 at 04:26 AM
    thats all you can do, don't be a hero
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