GREENVILLE – Police are searching for the man who allegedly robbed the Family Dollar in Greenville at gunpoint on Thursday evening.
Greenville Public Safety Sgt. Dennis Magirl said the robber apparently walked into the store around 8:30 p.m. armed with a handgun and demanded cash. Employees emptied the contents of the cash register, then fled into the manager’s office in the back and called 911.
Police treated the incident as a hostage situation when the arrived because the suspect’s whereabouts were unknown at the time.
“They were not sure if he was still in the store,” Magirl said.
Police arrived and set up a perimeter, armed with large rifles. After a Michigan State Police K-9 searched the store to see if the suspect was still inside, police got the three employees out of the store.
Detectives are interviewing the employees at the Greenville Department of Public Safety headquarters. Magirl said none of the employees were injured.
“Everybody’s fine. Nobody was hurt,” he said.
Police had the store surrounded and blocked off the area around the store at the corner of Franklin and Grove streets for about an hour while searching and collecting evidence.
K-9 teams from around the area are in Greenville to help with the search. A K-9 team had a track on the suspect but lost it without finding him.
Police are looking for a man about six feet tall, 170 pounds with a mustache, green gloves, black boots, jeans and a Plaid Grey hoodie with a white hood. The suspect was wearing a ski mask at the time of the robbery. They are not sure of the suspect’s last known location or direction of travel.
Tips and possible sightings of the suspect are still coming in. Police have cleared the scene around the store, which is now closed for the night.
Anyone with information on the suspect or his whereabouts is asked to call Montcalm County Central Dispatch at (989) 831-5253 or the Greenville Department of Public Safety at (616) 754-9161.
This is the second armed robbery in Greenville in three months. Huntington Bank downtown was robbed at gunpoint on Nov. 9.
The FBI is handling that case. Agents have reported little progress in the investigation.