Accused Serial Armed Robber Arraigned in New Baltimore Court

Chesterfield Township police said the 55-year-old man took responsibility for five Macomb County robberies, including one in the township.

A 55-year-old man, formerly of Chesterfield Township, who is accused in a slew of armed robberies was arraigned today in New Baltimore, police said.

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Steven Champine had a video arraignment at from Macomb County Jail. Champine is being held in lieu of a $200,000 bond for a . He also faces multiple other charges for robberies throughout Macomb County.

His preliminary hearing in the New Baltimore district court is set for 1:30 p.m. July 30. He faces up to life imprisonment if convicted.

Police said he has confessed to the recent on Gratiot near 21 Mile Road as well as four other crimes in the county, including a . 

Investigators say he committed the crimes to get money for a drug addiction.

"He said that he got addicted to pain medication," Chesterfield Detective James Gates said.

for the incidents in Chesterfield and Utica as well as hold ups at Payless Shoesource on Groesbeck in Clinton Township and a Lakeside Mall perfume store in Sterling Heights. He also will be charged with attempted robbery at a Roseville dollar store, Clinton Township Detective Mike Friese has said. 

Investigators tracked down Champine after Utica and Chesterfield police received a tip. Witnesses in the Clinton Township robbery were able to positively identify him, Friese said.

"This guy wouldn't have been caught if it wasn't for all five of the jurisdictions working together," he said.


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