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Preliminary Hearing Set For Menard's Robber
Thursday Apr 05, 2018 10:47am
Centreville, MI

By: Mike Stiles

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(CENTREVILLE) – A preliminary examination has been scheduled for a Three Rivers teen charged with armed robbery.

St. Joseph County District Court personnel say a pretrial conference was held Tuesday for 17 year old Austin Palmer. He is charged with armed robbery of the Three Rivers Menard's store on March 19.

Palmer remains in the St. Joseph County Jail with bond set at $200,000. His preliminary exam is set for April 10 at 1 PM.

Three Rivers Police were sent just before 11 AM March 19 to investigate a robbery at the Menard's Store. Officers were told that Palmer pulled a black handgun on a store employee after being confronted about stealing merchandise. Palmer left the store on foot and was seen running east.

A St. Joseph County Sheriff's deputy saw Palmer running down a private drive. The deputy followed him to a wooded area but stopped and called for backup to set up a perimeter.

Three Rivers K-9 Officer Jake and his handler found Palmer in the woods
where he surrendered peacefully.

Court officials say Palmer was convicted in August 2017 in St. Joseph County on two counts of attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer. In September 2017, he was convicted in Van Buren County District Court for unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

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