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Posted on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 11:44 a.m.

Two masked men rob Ann Arbor party store at gunpoint

By Kyle Feldscher

Two masked men robbed the Broadway Party Store in Ann Arbor at gunpoint Monday night, making off with liquor and cash, according to police.

Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said two men entered the store, located at 1027 Broadway St., at about 10 p.m. and pointed a gun at the clerk. Bush said the men demanded cash and liquor and then fled the area.

The men entered and exited the store through a side door and police will be reviewing security camera footage from the store Tuesday, Bush said.

The first man was described as black, about 5-feet-10 inches tall, thin, wearing a white coat with a white mask, Bush said. The second man was described as black, about 5-feet-5 inches tall and wearing a gray mask, Bush said.

No one was injured in the incident. A further description of the weapon was not available Tuesday morning.

The University of Michigan Department of Public Safety’s K-9 unit was called to help assist in the search for the men, but officers were unable to locate the suspects, Bush said.

Anyone with information on the robbery is encouraged to call the Ann Arbor police’s anonymous tip line at 734-794-6939.

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Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 8:33 p.m.

Store owners should have shot guns behind the counter. If more of the recent criminals were shot dead on site I'm sure others would think twice. Swift justice.


Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 11:52 a.m.

Good thing they didn't leave their car idleing , or they might have gotten a ticket while they were in " doing the deed " ...gotta love the priorities in OZ....


Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 12:56 a.m.

It's too bad the thieves didn't drive away and make a traffic turn without using their turn signal. Then the AA police would have pulled them over for sure and likely found evidence of the robbery.


Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 3:24 p.m.



Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 7:20 p.m.

CPL?!? You do not need a CPL, just do not conceal. Put the thief on notice that you are not an easy target. I am not a lawyer. Please read the law and carry a audio recorder if you decide to.


Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 11:25 a.m.

....but in doing so makes you the FIRST target...


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 6:30 p.m.

Castle Law extends to anyplace 'you are lawfully allowed to be' Just say'n

Jaime Magiera

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 1:36 a.m.

Right, so this clerk is going to pull out a weapon in front of two people - who are already carrying a weapon -- and incapacitate them. This is where CPL logic begins to fail.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 6:22 p.m.

If there is just one clerk in the store, I think side doors should be locked at dusk. I saw recently a side door was boarded up. (good thinking) So glad the clerk wasn't injured, but I am sure she won't forget thid soon.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 6:55 p.m.

A boarded up door side door may good thinking, unless a fire or other emergency is between the unboarded up exit and the person. Then it's not so good.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 6:21 p.m.

Note that there was no mention of a hoodie in this case. If you are a cashier and a guy comes in wearing a mask, it is probably a good indication you are in for a rough patch. Unless, of course he (or she!) is just trying to prevent the spread of swine flu.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 6:19 p.m.

Time to arm yourselves people..nobody is safe in ann arbor anymore it seems


Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 3:11 a.m.

"Big City" >roll eyes< sorry, but Ann Arbor is a small town. And the fact that the people who have run it into the ground in terms of city services is a shame, and also disallows the statement of "the amount of crime is completely manageable.". Who, pray tell, will "manage" it? The Mayor and his band of inept council? I work 40 hours a week downtown, live walking distance of downtown, and also have to walk home at night. Unfortunately I have had to spend time and money to "manage" my own safety. That isnt being "paranoid" its called being responsible when the people that are ELECTED to BE responsible TO the citizens, have taken that money and spent it frivolously. Ann Arbor, while not the City of 4.3 million that I'm from, is somewhat comparably "safe", it is not the level of "safe" we enjoyed while we had an actual police department with street beat cops. Stuff happens, but when you take a stance that "party store have been robbed since there were party stores" is it not fair to assume then that your house is now open for "robbery", because now the norm is homes have been robbed (given the stats from the beginning of the year) since there were homes TO be robbed?

Jaime Magiera

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 : 1:34 a.m.

That's ridiculous. The amount of crime here is completely manageable. Party stores have been robbed in Ann Arbor for as long as their have been party stores. That's part of living in what is becoming an increasingly "big" city. I spend a significant amount of time downtown every day. Ann Arbor is still safe overall. Paranoia, combined with weapons, will only lead to bad situations.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 6:01 p.m.

Looks like the city is ok'ing a 150,000 piece of art for the justice center? Oh and dumping money from street mileage to the public art fund? Meanwhile, the thugs enjoy taking whatever they want, whenever they want. Rock on, Mayor, you're the biggest thief.

Alan Goldsmith

Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 5:38 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Mayor and Police Chief are defending the giant downtown urinal water fountain from free speech:


Sat, Apr 14, 2012 : 5:21 a.m.

Yet we do have enough police to be cruising the streets. Try again.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 5:52 p.m.

No, but we might have enough police to be cruising the streets looking for the trash to take out.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 5:45 p.m.

Because if there weren't a fountain surely there would have been a police officer stationed in each aisle of the party store.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 4:42 p.m.

Look out Zombies strick again!