Man arrested after robbery attempt

Friday, June 2, 2017

A Michigan man remains in custody at the Elmore County Jail following his arrest on Thursday in connection with an attempted robbery at the Mountain Home Wal-Mart.

Jason Granger, 32, faces multiple felony charges of attempted robbery and burglary in addition to a misdemeanor count of theft by receiving, possessing or disposing of stolen property.

City police responded to the store around 11:30 a.m. that morning following reports that a customer was making threats. A man later identified as Granger had purchased a money gram from the customer service area and then demanded money in the cash register after displaying a holster in his waistband.

He was given an unspecified amount of money before he fled the store on a bicycle.

An investigation by Mountain Home police found a live video posted by Granger on Facebook narrating his travels on the interstate.

Idaho State Police motorcycle troopers were traveling on the interstate to map out the route for this year's Patriot Thunder rally heading into Mountain Home when they were advised to look for a man described as having a red hair, beard and blue jeans. The troopers then spotted a man matching that description riding down the highway on a bicycle and reported that information to city police.

Officers with the Mountain Home Police Department then took Granger into custody and had him booked into the Elmore County Jail.

Police spokesman Lt. Ron Harmon added that Granger allegedly stole the bicycle from a local church.

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