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Man Arrested For Bank Robberies In Shelby, Washington And Orion Townships

He is charged with three federal counts

April 03, 2019 - 5:31 pm

SHELBY TWP. (WWJ) - A man wanted for bank robberies in Macomb and Oakland counties is behind bars.

Shelby Township police said members of the department’s Tactical Response Unit on Tuesday arrested Michael Hue Thompson, a 47-year-old resident of Washington Township, on a trio of federal charges, after following up on some tips. 

According to a criminal complaint, Thompson tried to rob a Chase Bank branch on 23 Mile Road on March 7, demanding cash from two tellers, but leaving without any money. 

The very next day, authorities allege, he entered a Huntington Bank branch on 24 Mile Road in Shelby Township and handed a note to a teller that read: "Give me all your $50s and $100s, no dye packs." The teller complied, the complaint states, Thompson stuffed the money -- around $2,250 -- into a blue mesh bag and fled.

Finally, on March 21, authorities say Thompson similarly robbed Bank of America branch on S. Lapeer Road in Orion Township. This time, he allegedly demanded $20s,50s and $100s, and got away with around $5,000.  No weapon was seen and no one was injured during any of the three robberies. [Read more details in the crminal complant]

Multiple security camera photos were released as investigators searched for the robber, who was eventually identified by name through several anonymous tips. 

"The cooperative efforts of the FBI’s Macomb County Violent Crimes Task Force, the Chesterfield Township Police Department and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department aided our department in capturing this individual," said Deputy Chief Mark Coil, in a media release.

Thompson is an ex-con, with a felony conviction for a 1999 bank robbery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

He was arraigned Wednesday on three federal counts of bank robbery. A detention hearing in the case was scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m.