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UPDATE: Second Arrest Made in Staged Benzie Robbery

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Today police in Benzie County arrested Marshall Miller.

He was arrested for conspiracy to commit embezzlement.

Police say he worked with the gas station employee Darek Eberhard.

Miller is in jail waiting to be charged.


An arrest could be coming today of the second man police say was responsible for embezzling a Benzie County gas station.

They say Marshall Miller and Darek Eberhard staged a robbery at the Timberline Shell Gas Station on Benzie Highway nearly 3 weeks ago.

Eberhard was an employee.

Yesterday police issued a warrant for Miller's arrest for conspiracy to commit embezzlement.

They say he worked with Eberhard, who was arrested last week. 

He's now out on bond.

Police expect to pick up Miller sometime today.


A Benzie County gas station was robbed on July 5th, 2013. Police say the clerk who called in the strong armed robbery, was involved in staging it.

The clerk, Darek Eberhard told police he was walking to his car when he was attacked from behind and hit on the head. Eberhard told police the suspects were driving a light colored or yellow SUV. Police photographed Eberhard's injuries. 

Benzie County Sheriff's Office found the SUV Eberhard described at a home on Homestead Road.

Police and the Traverse Narcotics Tam executed a search warrant and found evidence in the search that connected to the gas station robbery. Narcotics were also found at the home. 

A resident of the home admitted his involvement.

Police arrested Darek Eberhard on July 12th for felony embezzlement and filing a false police report.  He was arraigned on those charges and has posted a $5,000 bond. 

Traverse Narcotics Team and Police are anticipating more arrests and the investigation is ongoing. 

If you have information or tips involving the narcotics, you can contact: Traverse Narcotics Team serving Leelanau, Benzie, Grand, Traverse, Kalkaska, Antrim, Wexford, Missaukee and Osceola Counties at (231) 922-0993


Benzie County Police are trying to find a man suspected of robbing a Benzonia gas station.

Police say a clerk was closing up the Benzonia Timberline Shell Station around 10:00 p.m. on Friday when he was jumped from behind.

The clerk said he was hit twice and told to get on the ground before the suspect got away with an unknown amount of money.

Police describe the suspect as a black male, 6' tall with a stocky build, last seen wearing a gray hoodie with the hood up, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.

The clerk said he saw the suspect get into the passenger side of a yellow or light colored truck or SUV.

It is believed that the suspect took off traveling south on US-31.

The incident is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Benzie Sheriff's Office at (231) 882-7263.