Deputies: Store Clerk Staged Armed Robbery

Posted at 5:03 PM, Jun 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-25 17:05:50-04
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Shawn Young (left) and John Towne

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (June 25, 2014) — The Kent County Sheriff’s Department believes an armed robbery Monday at Bailey’s General Store, 6051 Belding Rd. NE, was staged by the clerk and an acquaintance.

According to a press release, the clerk, 28-year-old Shawn Michael Young of Wyoming, is facing charges of false report of a felony, conspiracy to commit larceny in a building and embezzlement between $200 and $1,000.  He is being charged as a fourth-time habitual offender.

His alleged accomplice, 43-year-old John Towne of Belding, is charged with larceny and conspiracy to embezzle between $200 and $1,000.  He’s also being charged as a fourth-time habitual offender.

Both men were arrested Tuesday in Ionia County, according to a release.  They are both being held on a $25,000 bond.