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Posted on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 8:17 a.m.

Gunman robs O'Reilly Auto Parts in Ann Arbor

By Lee Higgins

Updated: Police release sketch of man who robbed O'Reilly Auto Parts in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor police detectives are continuing to investigate an armed robbery Tuesday night at O'Reilly Auto Parts on West Stadium Boulevard.

About 9:10 p.m., a man entered through an unlocked back door after the business was closed, pointed a handgun at a 26-year-old female employee, and demanded money, police spokeswoman Lt. Renee Bush said.

The man took cash from the register and left out the back door, Bush said. The employee, who was not injured, waited several minutes to ensure the man left the area, police said. She then locked the back door and called police. She told police she didn't recognize the man. The front door of the business was locked, Bush said.

Police said the man was described as white, 5 feet, 4 inches tall, thin, with blond hair and glasses. He was wearing a dark blue sweatshirt, dark jeans, black gloves, and carrying a bag.

Anyone with information can call the police department's tip line at (734) 794-6939.



Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 7:30 p.m.

I consider myself one of the most "PC" people around. For example, as a member of the male persuasion, I don't think it's acceptable to call someone of the female persuasion the name of a female dog. That's just me. But why isn't it ok to use race or skin color in the description of someone whether it be for something negative or positive? We all have a skin color. It's nothing to be ashamed of. Yes, if you are white and whisper the word "black" when describing someone, that seems a little "sketchy". And in the instance of a crime, it does help narrow it down. In Ann Arbor, let's say our population is 150,000. If the suspect is African-American, that limits the choices to 18,000 (based on African-American being 12% of our population - not counting visitors). In this case, everyone on the West Side should be on the lookout for a short white dude who some say resemble Harry Potter. Yes. Include race. In this case it narrows the field down to roughly 60,000 (if half the white population is male) minus all those over five foot five. I'm really not trying to be funny or sarcastic. Race is a description, not an insult. It's HOW you say it.

Berda Green

Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 4:16 p.m.

hope he is caught glad she is ok


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 3:51 p.m.

This is the one on Stadium and Liberty right?


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 3:26 p.m.

Hey if reporting race helps get the guy. good. I don't think its done to stereotype just get the thief. I'm for it sorry.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 3:20 p.m.

When I worked in a jewelry store, and it was closing time, I always locked the back door first (next to the alley and parking lot) The last customer left by the front door, and I locked it. I would always leave the store by the front door on the street side. Happy to hear the employee was not injured. Nine years there and never had a robbery, of course that was back in the 50's and early 60's. I started out with 90 cents and hour. They were the good old days, un-like in the world today.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 3:02 p.m.

I thought it was agreed that race wouldn't be included in suspect descriptions?


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 6:49 p.m.

And those will be redacted from the campus edition lest anyone's panties get in a knot...

Tony Dearing

Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 4:41 p.m.

We will include race in the description of a suspect when the description also includes other, specific identifying details such as approximate height, weight and age, or clothing worn by the suspect.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 4:14 p.m.

Who agreed to that? Did say that? Why would you not include the race of a suspect of robbery? That doesn't make any sense.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 2:24 p.m.

Messed up situation. Glad no one was hurt


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 2:02 p.m.

You have to fear the dreaded "rear entry". It looks like O'Reilly will have to change it's end of day procedures to insure the "back door" is locked.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 3:50 p.m.

One can only imagine what the great Michael Scott would say after hearing that...