LUDINGTON, MI – On Saturday, April 21st, 2018, at 12:01PM a male subject attempted to pass $200 in counterfeit $20 bills at Northside Market in Mason County’s Pere Marquette Township. A patron in the store witnessed the event and was able to obtain a vehicle registration from the suspect vehicle.
MCSO deputies were able to track the subject to a residence in Hamlin Township where he was found along with evidence indicating the subject was printing money. While conducting interviews detectives with the MCSO learned of an alleged armed robbery which had taken place in the city of Ludington on Friday, 04/20/2018.
Throughout the day and night on the 21st deputies and detectives conducted interviews and executed search warrants in Hamlin, Pere Marquette and Eden Township. During those search warrants $1,800 worth of counterfeit money, $200 in cash suspected of being stolen from the Northside Market, and evidence linked to the armed robbery were all recovered.
17 year-old Jarod Smith of Ludington was arrested and has been arraigned on the following charges: of Uttering & Publishing Counterfeit, Computers Used to Commit A Crime, and Possession of Marijuana. Bond has been set at $25,000.00/10%
Also arrested was Derek Routley, 28 years of age, also of Ludington. He has been arraigned on a charge of Armed Robbery and Felony Firearm, with a bond of $75,000.00 cash/surety.
The Ludington Police Department, Oceana County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) and SSCENT assisted the MCSO. This case remains under investigation.