HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — A Wyoming man investigators believe robbed money lending stores in four counties has been formally charged with two of the crimes.
James Douglas Hebrank, 46, appeared in a Holland courtroom Thursday afternoon where he was charged with two counts of armed robbery. The charges stem from the Dec. 4 robbery of the Holland Check ‘N Go on Washington Avenue, and the Cash Store robbery in Jenison three days later. In both crimes, the suspect was wearing a University of Michigan sweatshirt.
Authorities say Hebrank is a suspect in other lending store robberies in the area. The crimes started with the Nov. 6 armed robbery of the Check ‘N Go on 28th Street SE in Kentwood. On Nov. 28, the suspect robbed a lending store in Roosevelt Park near Muskegon.
A Cash Advance in Fremont was robbed on Dec. 13 a day after the attempted robbery of a Cash Store outlet off Alpine Avenue in Alpine Township. Workers at the Cash Store thwarted the thief by locking the store doors after noticing his description matched the suspect in the previous crimes.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says a tip led them to Hebrank. Troopers and deputies stopped his vehicle as he entered Kent County Wednesday and arrested him without incident.
**Correction: A previous version of this article stated the robberies happened in three counties. Four counties are actually involved.