Police still seeking suspects in 2 armed robberies

Same person may have been responsible for both crimes, police say

Solving two armed robberies in as many months in the city of Shawano has become a top priority for Shawano police, according to Chief Dan Mauel, who said there are indications the same person could be responsible for both crimes.

A lone male suspect forced his way in through the front doors at Maurice’s, 170 Woodlawn Drive, on Jan. 11 while a store employee was locking the doors for closing.

Once inside, the suspect displayed a handgun and ordered an employee to give him money. The employee complied and the suspect left the store.

On Friday, a lone man with a gun robbed the Tractor Supply store, 1313 E. Green Bay St.

In both cases, the suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of money. There were no customers in the store during either of the robberies, both of which occurred at closing time, and no one was injured.

“We have not ruled out the same person committed both robberies,” Mauel said. “Obviously, the descriptions are quite similar as is how and when they occurred.”

In the first incident, the suspect was described as a white male, approximately 5 feet and 8 inches, wearing a dark-colored hoodie sweatshirt and dark denim jeans along with a ski mask. In the second incident, he was described as the same height and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and black jacket.

Police have not commented on whether there was video surveillance because of the ongoing investigations.

“We are following leads in both cases and are confident we will bring closure to both incidents at some point,” Mauel said.

The incidents have put other business owners in the city on edge.

“I think everyone, including businesses, should always be aware of their surroundings and take measures to ensure they and others are as safe as possible,” Mauel said. “People need to be alert for suspicious situations and report their concerns and observation to the police.”

Mauel added that police don’t mind being called out, even for a minor concern.

“Two armed robberies in the city in two months concerns us, especially with the chance the same person committed both crimes,” Mauel said. “The investigation into the robberies is our top priority and we are doing everything possible to find and arrest the person or persons responsible before they commit another offense.”

The department is asking anyone with any information to contact the department at 715-524-4545. Callers may remain anonymous.