Chelsea police on recent robberies: 'These things don't happen in Chelsea'
Chelsea Police Chief Ed Toth Monday night appealed to city residents to call the police department if they have any information that might help officers solve a recent armed robbery at Perky Pantry, a downtown convenience store and gas station.
“These things don’t happen in Chelsea,” Toth said, adding that this is the first time in five years that there has been a gun involved.
He said the suspect, described as an African American man in his early 30s, about 5-foot, 7-inches tall to about 5-foot, 10-inches tall has a medium to muscular build.
Toth said the suspect wore gloves and had a hooded sweatshirt that was tied tight to his face.
He waited in the store until other customers left, Toth said, then demanded cash from a store clerk. When a customer came into the store, the suspect pushed the clerk to the floor, robbed the customer, and fled.
The incident took place at about 3 p.m. on Oct. 7.
Toth also asked residents to immediately contact the police department if they see anything out of the ordinary. “We’d rather be there on the front end,” he said.
“If it doesn’t look right; if it looks odd, call us right away,” he said. “If someone doesn’t appear right, they are wearing gloves when it’s warm or someone’s out walking a dog at 3 or 4 a.m. or riding a bike on the streets at 1 a.m., the department would rather check it out right away.”
In addition, last week, there were several robberies from locked vehicles in the city, Toth said. Two purses were stolen from vehicles and the suspects smashed car windows to get to them.
The police chief cautioned women not to leave their purses in their vehicles.
“Please take them with you into the store; don’t even lock them in the trunk because someone might be watching."
He said both the purse robberies from vehicles took place during the middle of the day.
A $1,000 reward has been offered by Crimestoppers for anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the armed robbery, Toth said, and anyone with information should call department at 734-475-9122 or if they wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up. Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for AnnArbor.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more Chelsea stories, visit our Chelsea page.