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Pay store robbery suspect held on $1.5 million bond

By Audra Gamble/The Holland Sentinel • Dec 21, 2018 at 7:00 AM

HOLLAND — A 46-year-old Grand Rapids-area man was arraigned on two armed robbery charges Thursday in Ottawa County District Court in Holland.

James Douglas Hebrank of Wyoming is suspected of committing armed robberies at the Holland Check ’N Go store on Dec. 4 and another at the Jenison Cash Store on Dec. 7. He is also suspected of three successful payday lender armed robberies.

Hebrank, who police say always wore a University of Michigan hoodie and a dark mask over his face, allegedly also robbed the Kentwood Check ’N Go on Nov. 6, the Roosevelt Park Cash Store on Nov. 28 and the Allied Cash Advance in Fremont on Dec. 13.

He allegedly attempted to rob a Cash Store in Walker on Dec. 12, but staff inside the store recognized him and locked the door, denying him entry.

Hebrank was arrested Wednesday by Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office deputies and lodged in the Ottawa County Jail. He was arraigned via a video feed by Judge Susan Jonas late Thursday afternoon.

Ottawa County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Lee Fisher said Hebrank is facing five armed robbery charges, spread across Ottawa, Kent, Muskegon and Newaygo counties. Ottawa County is charging Hebrank with two of the five robberies, and he will stay in the county jail until further notice from the other counties.

Bond was set at $1.5 million cash surety.

“I think we’re a little ahead of the other counties in getting things filed,” Fisher said. “He could have the cases pending here for a while, and the other counties could arraign him by a video feed from our jail. If he needs to go to other courts, we’ll transport him.”

Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said the various county police agencies were sharing information about Hebrank for a few weeks.

“We’ve been working with the other agencies since at least Dec. 7,” Bennett said. “We just happened to have an opportunity based on the information we had that yielded a criminal case. We caught him.”

Hebrank, who does not have any criminal history in Ottawa County, will most likely appear back in court next week for a probable cause hearing with Judge Brad Knoll.

Should he be convicted of armed robbery, Hebrank faces up to life in prison.

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