GR man arrested for Whitehall robberies

A Grand Rapids man has been charged in two recent armed robberies at a gas station in northern Muskegon County.
AP Wire
Dec 27, 2012


James Benjamin Koepke, 52, was arraigned Wednesday in Muskegon County's 60th District Court on two counts of armed robbery. The charges carry a possible life sentence.

Police identified Koepke as the suspect in Christmas Eve and Christmas Day robberies at the Admiral gas station in Whitehall. Koepke implied he had a weapon in both cases, though none was seen, according to police. No one was injured.

More than $200 was reportedly taken during the Christmas Eve robbery, and the cash drawer was taken the next day. Both were recovered.

Koepke is lodged at the Muskegon County Jail. A preliminary exam is scheduled for Jan. 17.


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