The same Sartell man who was convicted of robbing a Sartell gas station nine months ago was arrested again, this time for allegedly robbing a series of fast-food businesses along the I-94 corridor.
Douglas Wayne Gravelle Jr., 34, was arrested by Maple Grove police last Friday and remains in the Wright County Jail. His former wife tipped off the police after she recognized a broadcast video image of Gravelle during one of the robberies. In February 2012, that is how police learned about Gravelle – through a widely distributed video photo of him robbing the gas station-convenience store at the intersection of Pinecone Road and 2nd Street S. in Sartell. In that robbery, Gravelle told a clerk he had a gun, although he did not show one.
Gravelle has been charged with a string of armed robberies at a variety of businesses in recent weeks stretching from Sauk Rapids to Maple Grove. Other places robbed included ones in St. Cloud (a GameStop store), Big Lake, Clearwater and Monticello. Two of the places were Burger King restaurants, one in Sauk Rapids in early September, the other in Maple Grove. No one was injured in any of the robberies.
According to the complaint report, Gravelle, who was unemployed, had been staying at his father’s residence in Sartell. The gun he allegedly used in the robberies is believed to have been a BB gun.
In Wright County Court, Gravelle was charged Monday with robbing a GameStop store Oct. 5 in Monticello. Other charges relating to the other alleged incidents could follow.