Local man behind string of armed robberies

By Keith Skenandore
Editor
A suspect in a series of armed robberies is from Seymour.
On Friday, Dec. 29 at 10:30 p.m. Officer Schmitz of the Seymour Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a green Jeep in the area of West Factory Street and Lincoln Street in the city of Seymour. There were three male subjects located in the vehicle. One subject was identified as Joshua Way, 25, a suspect associated with a string of armed robberies that had taken place in Brown and Outagamie counties. Way, who resides at 654 Factory Street, was taken into custody by the Green Bay Police Department at the scene of the traffic stop.
Chief Richard Buntrock said, “I praise the excellent police work our department provided for this investigation.”
Way is being charged with armed robbery (two counts) and false imprisonment, according to the criminal complaint filed with the Brown County Court. Bond is set for $100,000.
Way was charged on Tuesday, Jan.2, in Brown County Circuit Court.
Along with Way is 28-year-old Darrin Hill of Oneida and Jeff Gross, 34, of De Pere, were also charged for their role in the armed robberies.
Hill was charged with armed robbery, false imprisonment and two counts of bail jumping. Bond was set at $100,000.
Bond for Gross was set at $35,000 for his role. He’s charged with armed robbery, false imprisonment and resisting or obstructing an officer.
Hill and Gross are set to appear Jan. 9 for their initial court appearance while Way will appear on Jan. 10.
The Dec. 29 robbery led to the arrest of Way and Hill in Seymour. Way’s home was under surveillance at that time and Way, along with Hill, were arrested. Gross dropped off the two suspects in the vehicle that was apparently used and identified as the getaway vehicle.
According to WBAY, a tip to the Ashwaubenon Public Safety Department led them to Way. Officers found a knife and clothing that matched witness descriptions and surveillance video.
A surveillance camera got some video of Way being dropped off at the Howard location by Gross.
Two people got out of the vehicle at Way’s residence and were arrested while Gross was arrested and taken into custody during a traffic stop.
Way committed the robberies while Hill and Gross served as drivers for Way during the thefts. Approximately $200 to $300 was stolen during each robbery.
A list of 10 robberies which began on Dec. 5, led to their arrest.
Police are investigating if all 10 robberies were conducted by Way, Hill and Gross.
Dec. 5: a man with a knife robs a Cousins Subs store on W. Mason Street in Green Bay.
Dec. 10: a man with a knife robs a Subway in Ashwaubenon.
Dec. 11: a suspect uses a knife to rob a Dollar General store on S. Military Avenue in Green Bay.
Dec. 11: a man enters a Shell station at 841 Main Ave. in De Pere and threatened a clerk with a knife. The man gets away with cash.
Dec. 18: a man with a knife robs a Burger King restaurant at 1005 S. Military Avenue in Green Bay.
Dec. 21: a man with a knife robs a Subway restaurant at 1007 W. Mason Street in Green Bay.
Dec. 26: a man with a knife holds up the Hardee’s restaurant at the corner of West Mason Street and Packerland Drive in Green Bay. The suspect gets away with cash.
Dec. 27: a man with a knife robs a Subway on University Avenue in Green Bay.
Dec. 28: a man with a knife robs a Dollar General store on W. Wisconsin Ave. in Appleton.
Dec. 29: a man with a knife robs a Subway on Cardinal Lane in Howard.
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