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Capac grad charged in BP robbery


Key evidence leads sheriff's dept. to arrest for May 18 Capac heist



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Peter Browning
November 24, 2010
ST. CLAIR COUNTY — Almost six months to the day that Peter Browning allegedly robbed the Capac BP station at gunpoint, the 25 year-old Lynn Twp. resident was arraigned on one count of armed robbery.

On Friday, Browning was formally charged in 72nd District Court for the May 18 incident. A warrant for his arrest was issued last month.

According to the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, Browning is accused of walking into the gas station at Capac and Koehn roads, dressed all in black and wearing a ski mask, shortly after 2:30 a.m. on May 18. He brandished a weapon, demanded money and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The clerk was not harmed in the incident. At the time police wouldn't comment on whether there were other employees or customers in the store at the time of the robbery or if any video surveillance was in use.

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There was very little information about what kind of handgun was used, but investigators say that the robber clearly showed it to the employee.

Browning is due to appear in court again on Nov. 30.

"I am proud of the diligence shown by the Major Crimes Unit," said Sheriff Tim Donnellon of the joint investigative team that includes officers from the sheriff's department and Port Huron Police Department.

"They left no stone unturned in this investigation. They finally received a key piece of information, which led to the charges being filed against Peter Browning."

Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she now resides north of Capac where she enjoys working on the farm, gardening and reading.
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