A store clerk at the Macomb Mall has confessed to staging a robbery with his friend, Roseville police said.
Police said security cameras captured the Aug. 3 hold up at the Foot Action store inside the mall.
At the time, the store clerk, 27-year-old Jermaine Passmore, told police a lone gunman had confronted him in the store and stolen about $4,500 in cash before fleeing in a dark colored van.
Police said investigators started to question inconsistencies in Passmore’s account of the crime and were eventually led to one of Passmore’s friends, 32-year-old Boston Jermaine Tompkins.
Police said Tompkins matched the description of the alleged robber that was caught on camera and also had a van that matched the description of the getaway van.
The two eventually confessed to plotting the crime together.
Police said the two told them they wanted to make sure the crime was captured on store cameras so it would lead suspicion away from Passmore.
Both men have been charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Both felony charges are punishable with up to life in prison.