Berrien Springs armed robberies may be linked: Police

Posted at 12:54 PM, Oct 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-19 12:54:15-04

BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. — A man wielding a knife robbed a Berrien Springs store over the weekend, according to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department.

The robbery happened Saturday at the Cass Street Shoppe, 516 N. Cass St.   The suspect approached a sales clerk with the knife and took an unspecified amount of money, according to a release.  No injuries were reported.

After the robbery, officials say the man fled north on foot.   A dog was able to track him to a nearby ally and neighborhood but later lost his scent.

At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing a dark ski mask, a blue zip-up hoodie, gloves and white tennis shoes.

Investigators are trying to determine if the crime is linked to another armed robbery in Berrien Springs.  That incident happened Oct. 8 at a Speedway gas station, 105 N. Cass St.

The suspect in that incident was described as a white male between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall with a medium build.   He was also wearing a dark ski mask, a blue zip-up hoodie, light blue jeans and white shoes at the time of that robbery, investigators said.

He allegedly entered the gas station with a handgun and took money before fleeing on foot.   There were no injuries in that robbery.

Anyone with information on either of these robberies is asked to call the Berrien Springs-Oronoko Police Department at 269-471-2813.