Surveillance photo from Sand Hill Grocery armed robbery on Nov. 3, 2010
While most people are consumed with the12 days of Christmas, Lansing police are concerned with 13 days of armed robberies. About a dozen convenient stores and restaurants have had a customer walk in, present a knife or a gun, and demand money.
" We think it is more than just a handful of thieves. Whether they are working together...we don't know," said Lt. Noel Garcia of Lansing Police Department.
Police say it is hard to connect crimes with so many different descriptions and vehicles, but they do think some may have been committed by the same thieves.
"We believe two are connected because the descriptions are similar," said Lt. Garcia.
The robberies have taken place all over the Lansing map which police say doesn't help narrow the investigation.
"There is no rhyme or reason to these crimes. They aren't in any specific area," said Lt. Garcia.
One Lansing cashier, who must remain anonymous, said in her 20 years of experience she has been robbed several times. The thought of being robbed is always in the back of her mind. Day to day, she tries to think of running the store. If a situation does arrise, she remembers two things, comply with demands and get a descrition for police.
"Number one, is to cooperate. Money and material things can be replaced, but your life can't," said Lt. Garcia.
Police say there has been 10 times as many robberies this year from Nov. 1st to Dec. 2nd than in 2008. By comparing the same time period and seeing similar economic conditions, police say its hard to tell why there is a spike in crime now. No injuries have been reported in these crimes, but all of the thieves were armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Lansing Police Department. (517) 483-4600
To leave an anonymous message via:
Telephone - call CRIMESTOPPERS at 483-STOP (7867)
Text Message - Send text message to 847411, begin text message with LPD517, space, then leave your message
Or call Detective Sergeant Bill Byrnes at 517.483.6845