BENTON TOWNSHIP — Benton Township police on Wednesday were continuing to investigate an armed robbery Tuesday night at the Chicken Coop restaurant on South M-139.

Benton Township Police Detective Sgt. Michael DenDooven said police were called at 8:39 p.m. on a report of an armed robbery in progress. When police arrived, employees said a man had entered the business through a rear door and, armed with a handgun, ordered employees to go to the front of the business and give him money from the cash registers.

The workers told police they were held at gunpoint until all the cash registers were emptied. The man then put the money in the pocket of his sweatshirt and fled through the rear door in an unknown direction, employees told police. The man got away with an undetermined amount of cash, police said. 

The suspect is described as a black man about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, wearing a camouflage mask, black hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and white gym shoes. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Benton Township Police Department Detective Bureau, 925-1135, or Crime Stoppers, 574-288-STOP.

Benton Township patrol officers were assisted by the police department’s Evidence Technician Unit, Berrien County Sheriff’s road patrol and Berrien County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit.

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