'Apologetic robber' strikes twice in Oakland County

Suspect demands money, cigarettes then says 'I'm sorry' to clerk

LYON TWP., Mich. - He's being called the 'apologetic robber' for comments he's made during two recent robberies.

Derek Timm was working behind the counter when the suspect robbed the Mobil in New Hudson off of I-96 twice in a week.

The robber first struck on Friday, December 20 around 10 p.m. He pulled out a knife and cleared out the cash register. He did the same thing a week later. The second time he robbed the gas station with a gun.

Timm said, "I saw the gun and I tried to do the best I could."

The suspect is believed to be the same man.  He is described as a white male, in his mid-30s.  He stands around 6 feet tall and has a medium build with a reddish-blonde beard.

Both times he struck he demanded Newport cigarettes and then apologized for his actions.

"While this was happening he was telling me he was sorry and that times were tough. He thinks he's making a living but I have to make a living, too.  Now I'm fearful of what's going to happen to me.  Am I going to make it home to my kids?"

Since the robberies, the gas station is closing at 10 p.m. rather than 11 p.m.

If you have any information you're asked to call the Oakland County Sheriff's department.




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