Grain ‘N Grape robbery case moves forward

ESCANABA – One of three suspects arrested in connection with a conspiracy to rob a convenience store in Wells Township last year was recently bound over to Delta County Circuit Court.

Abby Beth Johnson, 20, of Escanaba, will either make a plea or face a trial in circuit court on five felonies related to an alleged armed robbery on Aug. 3, 2012 at The Grain ‘N Grape, 6998 U.S.2/41 & M-35.

Co-defendant and store clerk Annaelise Marie Ambrose, 22, of Escanaba, told police that around 10 p.m. that night, she was robbed at gunpoint by a masked man who demanded money and then fled the scene.

An intensive joint investigation by area police agencies led to the arrests of Ambrose, Johnson, and a third suspect, Cory Michael Vanderlinden, 26, of Gladstone.

The three were arrested on Feb. 7 after the Delta County Sheriff’s Department received a tip on the above incident and other crimes. The tip was received in January through the Crimestoppers website at

Johnson was bound over last week from district court to circuit court in connection with the alleged armed robbery as well as a separate case involving a larceny in Ford River Township, according to court records.

In regards to the alleged robbery, Johnson is charged with one count of larceny in a building and one count of conspiracy to commit larceny in a building, each four-year felonies. Cash bond is set at $100,000.

Johnson also faces three charges in an unrelated theft of a safe from a Ford River Township home in April 2012. These include: one count of safe breaking, a life felony; one count of larceny in a building, a four-year felony; and one count of larceny $1,000 to $2,000, a five-year felony. Cash bond is set at $100,000.

Ambrose faces the following three charges: larceny in a building, aid & abet; conspiracy to commit larceny in a building; and lying to a police officer during investigation of a violent crime. Each of the three charges carries a maximum punishment of four years in prison. Cash bond for Ambrose was set at $50,000.

Vanderlinden faces one count of accessory after the fact to a felony, a five-year felony. His cash bond is set at $50,000.

Both Ambrose and Vanderlinden have waived their right to have a preliminary examination in district court within 14 days. No hearings have yet been scheduled.

Johnson and Vanderlinden remain lodged in the Delta County Jail. Ambrose was released from police custody after posting $5,000, or 10 percent of a $50,000 cash bond.