Woman robbed while making night deposit at Manton bank
The Wexford County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from anyone who may have information about a suspect in a robbery Thursday night.
A Shell Mini Mart employee called 911 around 10 p.m. saying she was robbed while trying to make the store's nightly deposit at the Forest Area Credit Union in Manton.
The 28-year-old told deputies she was attempting to deposit more than $2,000 at the bank's drive-up deposit box when a man confronted her and grabbed the money bag.
The victim said the man growled at her before running into a nearby wooded area. The woman did not see a weapon, however, the suspect kept one hand concealed in his clothing.
"Based on the way he was positioned, he kept his hand inside the sweatshirt jacket," said Det. Sgt. Chris Piskor. "I think she assumed that he was trying to give her the impression that he had a weapon but no weapon was observed."
Wexford County Sheriff Deputies and Michigan State Police officers searched the area with a K-9 unit, but were not able to locate the man.
There is one video camera at the drive-up portion of the credit union. However investigators were not able to recover any useful surveillance video from it because of the location.
The suspect is described to be around 20-years-old, 5'10" with a thin build and brown hair. He was wearing a light gray hoodie with his face covered with a light gray mask, light colored jeans and white shoes.
Schmuckal Oil owns the Shell Mini Mart. They say that the employee followed policy for making night deposits and issued the follow statement:
"We care about our employees, they are our number one asset," wrote COO, Dave Waldron. "We consider them family. We want to protect them in all ways we can. We are glad everything turned out the way it did and no one got hurt."
Schmuckal Oil leaders say corporate office staff arrived on scene following the robbery.
Deputies are asking anyone with information to call the Wexford County Sheriff's Office at 231-779-9211 or the Silent Observer Hot Line at 231-779-9215.