Gas station owner thwarts robbery

MUNISING TOWNSHIP – Two Alger County teens are scheduled to be arraigned today for breaking into the Oasis Gas Station in Shingleton where the owner caught them in the act this weekend, according to the Michigan State Police Munising Detachment.

A 17-year-old male from Shingleton and an 18-year-old male from Munising, both wearing ski masks, allegedly broke into the business at around 4:10 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from troopers.

The owner of the gas station, Shawn Schank, was in the building at the time and found the masked suspects at the register behind the cashier’s counter.

Schank, an Iraqi war veteran, ran towards the suspects and kicked one to the ground. After retrieving an AR-15 assault rifle from the office, Schank ordered the men to leave. One suspect took off his mask and pleaded with the owner to not shoot him. The two teens then fled on foot.

Schank called 9-1-1 to report the incident. When police arrived, he was able to identify the suspect who had removed his mask. Troopers later arrested the teen. Investigation into the incident led to the arrest of the second suspect. Both were charged with breaking and entering and lodged in Alger County Jail.

The two are scheduled to be arraigned in Alger County District Court today.