GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a Grants Pass-area man Thursday afternoon related to an investigation into Tuesday’s armed robbery at a convenience store southwest of Grants Pass.
This past Tuesday evening OSP troopers responded to a reported armed robbery at Levi’s Market in Grants Pass. The clerk reported that an adult male with a bandanna on his face came in armed with a handgun demanding money. The suspect left after receiving an undisclosed amount of money. The clerk identified the robber as a regular customer and told troopers he had come in to the store earlier that day wearing the same clothes. During the robbery however, the suspect wore a bandanna over his face to disguise his identity.
According to Detective Jess Elzy, follow up investigation between OSP and the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office, officials were able to identify the suspect and execute a search warrant Thursday afternoon where the suspect lives in Grants Pass. Detectives seized evidence including clothing, a small amount of heroin, and the handgun which turned out to be a replica airsoft pistol.
OSP arrested Justin Sean Palmer, age 24, and took him to the Josephine County Jail on charges including robbery in the first degree, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance (heroin).