Police: Man arrested, charged could be connected to other crimes - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Police: Man arrested, charged could be connected to other crimes involving elderly people

Posted: Updated:
FLINT (WJRT) -

(12/18/13) - He's in jail now, but police suspect Robert Gill has been targeting and robbing elderly people, in the Genesee County area, for months.

Gill, 50, was arrested in Flint last week - Dec. 11.

Police want to hear from you if you think you've been approached by Gill or if you've given him money.

Gill is currently charged with two felonies - one count of armed robbery and one count of first degree home invasion connected to an alleged crime at an elderly man's home near the 2000 block of Pierce in Flint.

Michigan State Police Trooper Jason Mercier said Gill approached another homeowner, she called police, they arrested Gill in the area and were able to connect him to that other incident.

Investigators strongly believe Gill has been targeting elderly people all over Genesee County for months.

What's done has been reported like this - a well-dressed man fitting Gill's description, in some cases driving a Cadillac, knocks on a door and claims to have car trouble, according to police.

The man claims his wife has been in an accident and needs money for a tow, for example.  

Mercier said the man promises to come back with the cash, but never does and recently, the man has been more aggressive, forcing his way into homes.

A surveillance picture made its way around online earlier this year. It was posted by concerned citizens, in the Flint area, asking people to be watching for a handyman who didn't deliver. Police said it's Gill and that he has quite a criminal history in at least three different states.

Mt. Morris Township Police believe he's been in their area targeting people, too.

If you think you've been approached by Gill or have given him money, please call Mercier at 810-237-6923.

Gill has a court hearing scheduled Thursday.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Commuters anticipate delays with upcoming I-75 construction

    Commuters anticipate delays with upcoming I-75 construction

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:45:17 GMT
    Davison resident Andrew Hall has had enough of winter driving conditions. Now it's time for the warm weather "hazards".    "I lived in Michigan all my life and it's that time of year. The snow goes
    Davison resident Andrew Hall has had enough of winter driving conditions. Now it's time for the warm weather "hazards".
  • Two killed in Shiawassee Co. plane crash, family says Vassar man was avid pilot, family man

    Two killed in Shiawassee Co. plane crash, family says Vassar man was avid pilot, family man

    Two killed in Shiawassee Co. plane crash, family says Vassar man was avid pilot, family man

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:40 PM EDT2014-04-21 02:40:14 GMT
    (04/20/14) - Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused this plane to crash, killing two mid-Michigan men. It happened around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Shiawassee County. The plane went down in a field on M-13 and Potter Road. The Sheriff says 63-year-old Richard Hayward from Vassar and 49-year-old Mark Kozan from Caro died in this crash. Richard leaves behind a big family - his wife, five kids, three step-children, 13 grand kids and one great grand daughter. Plus, anothe...
    (04/20/14) - Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused this plane to crash, killing two mid-Michigan men. It happened around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Shiawassee County. The plane went down in a field on M-13 and Potter Road. The Sheriff says 63-year-old Richard Hayward from Vassar and 49-year-old Mark Kozan from Caro died in this crash. Richard leaves behind a big family - his wife, five kids, three step-children, 13 grand kids and one great grand daughter. Plus, anothe...
  • Names release in plane crash in Shiawassee County kills two men

    Names release in plane crash in Shiawassee County kills two men

    Names release in plane crash in Shiawassee County kills two men

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:03:44 GMT
    (04/19/2014) - A plane crashed in Shiawassee County Saturday afternoon around 2:00 p.m. The plane went down in a field on M-13 and Potter Road. That is just near the Genesee County border. The Shiawassee County sheriff says two men died in the crash. According to online records, the plane was a two seater, single engine, and propeller powered. It was a replica of a Russian military plane. The plane is registered to Haywards Aviation in Vassar, Tuscola County. A pilot from the scene told ABC1...
    (04/19/2014) - A plane crashed in Shiawassee County Saturday afternoon around 2:00 p.m. The plane went down in a field on M-13 and Potter Road. That is just near the Genesee County border. The Shiawassee County sheriff says two men died in the crash. According to online records, the plane was a two seater, single engine, and propeller powered. It was a replica of a Russian military plane. The plane is registered to Haywards Aviation in Vassar, Tuscola County. A pilot from the scene told ABC1...
Powered by WorldNow

abc12.com

ABC12 Main Station
810-233-3130

Mailing Address:
2302 Lapeer Road
Flint, Michigan 48503

Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WJRT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.