One Arrested, One at Large in Best Buy Robbery
One man is in jail and another is still at large after they allegedly robbed the Best Buy store in Battle Creek. Emmett Township Officers were called to the location on Harper Village Drive shortly after 7am on Monday.
Reports say employees at the store on Harper Village Drive heard a loud crash as they prepared for the store's 10am opening. They did not make contact with the thieves, who were in the store for roughly two minutes, grabbing cell phones, tablets and electronic watches.
Investigators say that the suspects used a paving brick to shatter the glass door to get inside. After the items were taken, the suspects fled south, over an eight-foot wall near the store and behind other businesses, across B Drive North and into the woods behind Sam's Club. Video from area businesses and private homes in the area have also been retrieved by investigators.
Officers from Emmett Township, Battle Creek Police Department, Michigan State Police and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s department responded to the area and began searching for the suspects, wearing masks, gloves and carrying backpacks.
The two men fled the area on foot and were witnessed running south bound and were soon cordoned into a wooded area behind Sam’s Club. A backpack believed to belong to one of the suspects was found there.
The K9 team from the Battle Creek Police Department was brought in. About two hours later, one of the men was observed walking in the area, was stopped, identified and then arrested. Police found what they believe to be several of the stolen items. About a dozen were items recovered were valued at an estimated total of $10,000. Police arrested a 22 year old man from the Grand Rapids area. The other man could not be located in the heavily wooded area and is still at large.