Macomb man charged in robbery of two different elderly people at Walmart

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A Macomb man was charged Tuesday with robbing two different elderly people over the weekend at Walmart in Macomb Township.

Robert Montroy, 51, was charged with armed robbery and unarmed robbery from the weekend crimes.

According to the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office, the first crime happened Friday afternoon at Walmart at Hall Road and I-94 around 2:10. The victim, a 79-year-old man, was stopped by a man later identified by officials as Montroy who had asked him for directions to get to Gratiot. The victim told the subject he would show him and the two left with the suspect following the victim. 

At Gratiot and Maplehurst, Montroy pulled in front of the victim and suddenly stopped his car, officials say, and implied he had a gun when he reached into the car and took the man's wallet. 

The suspect then got back into his car and drove off.

On Sunday morning, around 11:30, an 87-year-old Clinton Twp woman was loading groceries at the Walmart at Hall Rd. and Romeo Plant. The same suspect approached her and shoved her into her car before stealing her purse.

He then got back into his car and sped off east on Hall Road. He didn't get far.

A Macomb County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped the vehicle at I-94 and Hall Rd - not far from the original robbery - where he was arrested for robbery.

Police said they recovered evidence from two other robberies in Chesterfield Twp. 

The 87-year-old woman said she was sore from being pushed but declined medical treatment.

Montroy was charged with armed robbery (life felony), unarmed robbery (15-year felony), and receiving/concealing stolen property.

He's due to be arraigned Tuesday in Clinton Township.