Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 5, 2012

Police: Tree branch used in holdup

By Mike Fletcher
Kokomo Tribune

Kokomo — Kokomo police arrested a man on a robbery charge Tuesday after they say he held up a Village Pantry store armed with a large tree branch.

No injuries were reported.

Officers received a 7 a.m. call of a robbery at Village Pantry, 1718 Home Ave. The clerk told police the man entered the store armed with a tree branch, walked behind the counter and forced the clerk to open the cash register. The man then fled with cash and cigarettes, Detective Scott Purtee reported.

Officers caught the man, 34-year-old Michael T. Wilson, Kokomo, a few blocks away at Garden Square Apartments after receiving information from an anonymous source that Wilson was inside the apartment.

Police arrested Wilson and charged him with a Class B felony charge of robbery.

Wilson is being held without bond at the Howard County jail.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Scott Purtee at 765-456-7322, or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at 765-456-7017. You may qualify for a cash reward by calling Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS with your anonymous tip.