Two Alger County teens are behind bars, and an Iraq War veteran is being credited for helping to catch them.
Michigan State Police from the Munising Detachment responded to the Oasis Gas Station in Shingleton for a Breaking and Entering in progress Sunday morning just after 4 a.m.
They say two suspects wearing ski masks had forced their way into the gas station. The suspects did not know that the owner was in the building.
Shawn Schank reportedly found the suspects at his cash register. Police say Schank ran toward the suspects and kicked one of them, causing that man to fall to the floor. He then retrieved an AR–15 assault rifle from his office and ordered the masked men to leave his business.
During the altercation, one of the suspects peeled his mask off and pleaded that Schank not shoot him. The pair fled, and Schank called 911. Schank recognized one of the burglars, and police were able identify the second.
A 17–year–old Shingleton resident and an 18–year–old Munising resident were arrested for Breaking and Entering and lodged at the Alger County Jail.
The pair are scheduled to be arraigned in the 93rd District Court on April 30.