A 50-year-old Pontiac man is facing two felony robbery charges after investigators connected him this week with two recent robberies in Rochester Hills.
The Auburn Hills Police Department stopped a vehicle on Oct. 3 that matched the description of one involved in an unarmed robbery on Sept. 30 at the Meijer store on Adams Road in Rochester Hills.
According to a news release from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, investigators then connected the man to a strong-armed robbery that occured on Sept. 28. at a Sunoco Gas Station in Rochester Hills.
An investigation revealed the man, Karl William Reiche, age 50, lived in Pontiac, and he was arrested at his home on Oct. 3.
Reiche has an extensive criminal history, according to the media release, including convictions for delivery/manufacturing of controlled substances, fleeing a police officer third degree, domestic violence, assault and battery, felonious assault and home invasion.
Reiche was arraigned on Oct. 5 before Judge Nancy Carniak at the 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills. He was charged with one count of unarmed robbery (15 year felony) and one count of strong-armed robbery (15 year felony).
Carniak imposed a bond of $50,000 cash, no 10 percent, for each charge. His next court date will be on Oct. 16, 2012 at 1:15 p.m. at 52-3 District Court.
Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in the media release, "Once again, I am so pleased with the work of my deputies in investigating violent crimes, finding the perpetrator and taking them off the street in such a quick timeline. It sends a message to criminals; we will find you and you will pay the price."
He also added, "I also wish to thank the Auburn Hills Police Department for their excellent police work on this case."