Authorities arrested a man on Thursday morning in Detroit who they say is responsible for robbing a Rochester Hills store at gunpoint in January.
Andre Sardin, 44, was arraigned before Magistrate Nicolas Camargo shortly after his arrest. He was charged with one count of armed robbery, which is punishable by up to life in prison. He was being held at the Oakland County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.
According to a statement from the , a witness called Crimestoppers earlier this week and said Sardin was responsible for the robbery. Sheriff's detectives, as well as the sheriff's office Fugitive Apprehension Team and the U.S. Marshall's Service, conducted surveillance at a home on Freeland in Detroit where they learned Sardin was staying. They observed him walking down the street toward the house and arrested him, the statement said.
The robbery occurred at 3:15 a.m. Jan. 7 at the 24-hour CVS store at 3010 Walton Blvd., on the corner of Adams Road across from .
An employee told sheriff's deputies a man dressed in a grey hoodie and skull cap was buying a Mountain Dew when he "implied that he had a gun by pointing his hand in his pocket." The man then tried to grab money out of the cash register; the employee fought him off until the man got behind the counter. The employee then ran to the back of the store and the man took about $250 out of the cash register, the report stated.
The man left the store and drove west on Walton Boulevard in a gold or silver older model Volvo, witnesses told sheriff's deputies.
The sheriff's office obtained possible fingerprints from the Mountain Dew bottle left behind, which helped them connect the robbery with Sardin.
According to a statement from Det. Ray White of the sheriff's department, Sardin has an extensive criminal history of larceny, retail fraud, robbery and assault.