Thief on the loose after Battle Creek convenience store robbed at gunpoint

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. --  The owner of a convenient store in Battle Creek is still shaken up after an armed robbery late Saturday night. The entire thing was caught on surveillance camera, which could help provide a tip to get this suspect in custody.

The robbery happened at the Cliff Street Grocer around 10:15 p.m. Saturday night.

A K-9 team was brought in to try to track the suspect but couldn't catch him.

Hundreds of dollars were stolen from the convenient store. Kudiv Kaur, who runs the store, has owned it for 13 years and says she never had a robbery before. “I was very nervous, very nervous. Scared."

Kaur wasn’t ready for the man who rushed into her store. “He started over there by the door and said, 'Give me money, give me money, give me money,’” she said.

Kaur says the thief got away with $1,300.

Though the suspect was wearing a mask, the security cameras caught his every move. The surveillance video shows the suspect come through the door wearing a black mask and holding a gun. A customer runs for cover in the back of the store while the suspect demands money. He even goes so far to go behind the counter and grab the cash register drawer from Kaur. The owner tries to plead with the suspect, but eventually she gives up the drawer, and he runs out the door. It was after the thief left that she remembers to press the security button.

“I was scared. I was nervous. I didn’t know what to do.”

This is the first robbery at Cliff Street Grocery, but Kaur’s father-in-law, who also owned a convenient store in Battle Creek, was shot and killed in an armed robbery a few years back.

Kaur’s regulars came and went all day Sunday just to make sure she was okay. She says she did not want to come back to work on Sunday, still shaken from Saturday night’s events, but she had no choice.

She described the thief as a small, husky, white male. She couldn’t identify much else about him.

If anyone knows anything about this incident, please call the Battle Creek Police Department 269-966-3375 or Silent Observer 269-964-3888.

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