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Robbery suspects arrested while apparently trying to hide in car wash

By Pat Reavy | Posted - May 16, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.


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MILLCREEK — Two suspected robbers who attempted to make a clean getaway didn't get too far Thursday thanks to an observant Unified police officer.

Just after 9 p.m., a man wearing a black hoodie with white stripes and holding a gun, walked into Check City, 1296 E. 3300 South and demanded cash, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal.

The clerk, who was standing behind bullet proof glass, refused to give the man money and he eventually left, Hoyal said.

About 50 minutes later, a man matching the same description walked into The Smoke House Tobacco Shop, 2343 E. 3300 South, and demanded money and cigarettes, Hoyal said. After the man received an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes he ran out of the building. A witness saw him get into a black vehicle and was able to write down a partial plate number, Hoyal said.

A short time later, a Unified police officer in the area of 2300 East and 2700 South noticed a black vehicle in a car wash. Because it was pouring rain at the time, Hoyal said the officer's suspicions were raised. As he got closer to the vehicle, he noticed the license plate number matched and one of the two men in the vehicle matched the description of the robbery suspect.

Marc Kammerman, 41, and Bhatia Manmeet, 28, were arrested for investigation of two counts of aggravated robbery.

In 2013, Kammerman was charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated burglary, theft by receiving stolen property and two counts of theft by deception. He agreed to a plea in abeyance, the terms of which included that he successfully complete drug court, according to court records. During a court hearing in April of 2014, Kammerman was determined to be "clean and compliant."

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