Man convicted of stealing $ 66,000 in armed robberies from cash advance businesses in Lansing, Battle Creek


LANSING, MI – A man has been convicted of robbing several businesses in Lansing and Battle Creek at gunpoint.

James Winston Honeysucker Jr., of Lansing, was convicted by a jury in February in Western United States District Court for four armed robberies committed between August and October 2019.

He was convicted and sentenced on four counts of obstructing commerce by robbery and three counts of possessing and brandishing a firearm for the purpose of a violent felony, according to federal court records. In total, Honeysucker was sentenced on June 9 to 27 and a half years in federal prison.

Honeysucker has robbed cash advance companies: two in Lansing and two in Battle Creek, according to a statement from the US Department of Justice. He pretended to be interested in applying for a loan, then pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money.

After the first robbery, Honeysucker recruited Wilnell Lakeey Henry, of Lansing, to serve as the getaway driver. He was the runaway driver for three heists.

Henry was sentenced to six years in prison for his role. He cooperated with police and testified against Honeysucker, the statement said.

They managed to steal $ 66,920 and must repay that amount in restitution, according to court records. The most significant theft was from Check ‘n Go in Battle Creek, where it stole just over $ 42,100.

Another theft in Battle Creek at Approved Cash grossed the pair $ 17,000, according to records.

Henry was arrested on October 22, 2019, after the Battle Creek Police Department found surveillance footage showing him as the driver on the run after a robbery. Honeysucker was found at a Chicago bus station.

Local police arrested Honeysucker and discovered he was in possession of $ 17,000 in cash and a loaded pistol, the statement said.

The FBI helped link the couple to the other thefts.

“This accused committed four brazen armed robberies which terrorized innocent victims and endangered lives,” FBI Special Agent Timothy Waters said in the statement. “The sentence should serve as an example for others – if you rob any type of business with a gun in Michigan, law enforcement at all levels will work together to bring you to justice. “

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