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Capac man charged in bank heists


Nineteen-year-old linked while jailed for 20-mile police chase last month



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Laurence Bourgeois
February 11, 2009
TRI-CITY AREA — A 19-year-old Capac man who led police on a 20-mile chase through Lapeer and St. Clair counties last month, is being tied to three bank robberies in Macomb County.

At around 1 a.m. on Jan. 25, Laurence Phillip Bourgeois was observed driving erratically by Imlay City police near the intersection of M-21 and M-53.

After noticing police, Bourgeois fled east on M-21 at a high rate of speed before turning onto Dunn Rd., where he lost control of his Dodge van and plowed into a snow bank.

Imlay City police said the suspect attempted to flee on foot into a nearby field before being apprehended. He was arrested and lodged in the Lapeer

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County Jail.

On Jan. 30, Bourgeois was identified in a lineup as the individual who robbed

three Warren banks over a five-day span in early January.

Warren Police Lt. Michael Torey said the first robbery occurred on Jan. 8 at the Charter One Bank branch on 12 Mile Road. Bourgeois is suspected of a pair of robberies on Jan. 13; at a Chase Bank on Dequindre and at the Central Macomb Credit Union on 12 Mile Road.

Torey said Bourgeois became a suspect in the credit union robbery after police retrieved a latent fingerprint from the scene.

He was arraigned Thursday on three counts of bank robbery in Warren's 37th District Court. Torey said Bourgeois has entered a not-guilty plea and a pretrial court date has been set for Thurs., Feb. 19.

The suspect was temporarily moved from the Lapeer County lockup to Macomb County for his arraignment on the bank robbery charges. A bond was set at $750,000 cash or surety.

Torey said Bourgeois will be returned to Lapeer County for previously scheduled court appearances. He added that a warrant has been issued against the suspect in St. Clair County for third-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.

Lapeer County Asst. Prosecutor Tom Sparrow said Bourgeois faces multiple charges in Lapeer County. They include operating a vehicle while intoxicated, fleeing and eluding police, resisting and obstructing arrest and driving on a suspended license.

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