Man sent to jail for robbery in Kalamazoo, Kent and Ottawa counties

KENT COUNTY, MI — A man accused of robbing credit unions and check cashing stores in western Michigan has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Tommy Maurice-Sans Jurl pleaded guilty to credit union robbery during a November 18, 2021 holdup at the Lake Michigan Credit Union in Byron Center.

Five other charges of robbery or attempted robbery were dismissed in a plea agreement, but Jurl admitted involvement in all of the crimes.

He and co-defendant Redo Lamont Rolling, who allegedly acted as a lookout and getaway driver, split $26,000 in the LMCU heist.

Rolling is awaiting sentencing after taking his case to court and was found guilty on four of six counts: two counts of theft from a credit union, robbery and attempted robbery.

Jurl was sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge Hala Jarbou in Lansing. She ordered Jurl to spend three years on probation after his prison sentence was completed and to pay restitution of $36,266.

Jurl handed notes to cashiers or made threatening statements during the robberies, federal prosecutors said.

During the LMCU robbery, he handed a cashier a note that read, “give me 50,000 no dice pack (sic), because I’m wanted by the mafia,” according to court records.

The first theft took place on June 23, 2020 at Check ‘N Go in Oshtemo Township of Kalamazoo County. Jurl said he had six people waiting outside if the worker didn’t give him money, records show.

On July 16, 2020, he robbed Check ‘N Go in Plainfield Township, telling a worker there were “six mob members” outside. During a Nov. 24, 2021, robbery at Honor Credit Union in Wyoming, he told a worker to ‘fill the bags and don’t press the buttons’ and said he had people inside. outside.

During a November 30, 2021 robbery at the Lake Michigan Credit Union in Grand Haven, he said, “Don’t push any buttons, there are people out there who are going to kill me, I need of $25,000,” the court records said.

On December 2, 2021, he told an Instant Cash Advance Store employee in Wyoming, “I have 3 friends waiting outside with guns, I need you to fill this bag with cash “, the records showed. The worker, behind security plexiglass, refused and pressed a panic button.

The thief got nothing in the last robbery attempt.

Jurl had previously been convicted of a robbery on December 28, 2020 at the Cash Store in Norton Shores. He told a worker that the Mafia was going to kill his family, records show. He was released on November 9, 2021.

“Nine days after Jurl’s release from prison, he and Rolling committed the following robbery” at the LMCU in Byron Center, Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Mekaru wrote in a brief.

Investigators found footage of Jurl on Rolling’s cellphone showing apparent efforts to alter his appearance with wigs and costumes, the prosecutor said.

State police analyzed surveillance video of the alleged getaway car, a silver Ford Taurus, and used a partial license plate number to identify Rolling as a suspect. Investigators obtained a search warrant to place a tracking device on a 2002 Taurus registered in Rolling in Muskegon.

Both were arrested after the failed heist in Wyoming. Investigators determined that their vehicle was stopped near Instant Advance Cash Store before it started to move again.

Grand Rapids police stopped the vehicle minutes later at a gas station on South Division Avenue and Wealthy Street. Jurl’s clothes matched the description of the attempted robbery minutes earlier, Mekaru wrote

He denied any involvement. He later said Rolling planned the robbery. His plea deal required his cooperation with prosecutors.

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