TROY POLICE PATROL: The Season for Shoplifting is Gearing Up, Somerset on Guard


Troy-Somerset Gazette

■ THESE CHARGES CERTAINLY ESCALATED QUICKLY – Officers attempted to assist Loss Prevention Officers at Saks Fifth Avenue in apprehending an unknown suspect who stole $310 worth of merchandise that was for sale inside the business. As the officers attempted to stop the suspect, he began to struggle, knocking into a display, damaging an $80 piece of merchandise. The suspect took off running, exiting the building. Other responding officers arrived at the scene and attempted to stop the suspect. At one point, the suspect jumped atop a patrol vehicle, damaging the hood of it. The suspect ran across W. Big Beaver Road and Coolidge Highway before being apprehended by other officers. The 21-year-old suspect from Ecorse was charged with Retail Fraud – 2nd Degree, Hinder and Obstruction of a Police Officer, Malicious Destruction of Property, and Malicious Destruction of Police Property.

■ THIS IS BEHAVIOR WE DO NOT WANT IN TROY – This victim was with her six-year-old son riding the escalator to the lower level of J.C. Penney when she observed an unknown male at the bottom of the escalator, exposing himself to them. The victim went to get help from an employee while the suspect left the area and was not located. Be careful out there.

■ STORES ARE NOT PUTTING UP WITH THIS NONSENSE – A 26-year-old male from Jackson came to the Troy Walmart and attempted to steal $89.90 of merchandise for sale in the store before being stopped by Loss Prevention. She was released at the scene by Loss Prevention Officers, who wish to seek criminal charges for Retail Fraud – 3rd Degree through the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.

■ LOCK YOUR CAR, EVEN AT HOME – A Robinwood resident reports unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked silver 2002 Honda Civic, stealing his JBL Bluetooth Speaker and a bottle of Burberry Cologne.

■ GOOD FOLLOW-UP BY RESPONDING POLICE – A Loss Prevention Officer at Walmart observed an unknown suspect(s) attempt to steal $32.15 worth of merchandise from the business. The Loss Prevention Officer confronted the suspect as she left the business. The suspect took off running, leaving the stolen merchandise behind. The suspect entered a purple 2002 Chevrolet Malibu and drove away. The responding officer was able to determine the identity of the suspect a 29-year-old female from Southfield, whose State of Michigan Operator’s License was suspended four times by the Michigan Secretary of State. The suspect was mailed a Misdemeanor Citation for Retail Fraud – 3rd Degree and Driving While License Suspended.

■ HERE’S A VISITOR WHO IS NO LONGER WELCOME – Encore Valet Services (excellent service, by the way) provides valet services for Beaumont Hospital in Troy. An employee was working when he was approached by a former employee, who stated he was at the hospital visiting a friend. During their conversation, a customer came up and wanted to pick up his vehicle and pay for his valet services. The former employee, a 33-year-old male from Harrison Township, told the employee to help the customer and he would wait for him at the valet booth. The employee left to retrieve the customer’s vehicle and returned a short time later. The former employee stayed for a few minutes and then left. The employee then began to help another paying customer and opened the cash drawer to notice that money was missing. The employee counted the money and found it to have $140 missing. Suspected of the theft, you guessed it, the former employee.

■ THIS IS NOT HOW YOU WANT TO START YOUR DAY – A Solomon street resident awoke to discover her electric power was out. She went outside the home to discover the DTE Energy Smart Energy Meter had been removed from the building, again. The victim suspects her ex-boyfriend, a 32- year-old degenerate, who has come to the home and flipped off the breaker in the past and stole the previous electric meter, cut the power off. Maybe a camera is called for, then a restraining order.

■ UNLESS YOU LIVE OR WORK IN CANADA, DON’T CARRY YOUR PASSPORT – A patron at Chuck E. Cheese’s on John R discovered unknown suspect stole her clutch purse while she was playing video games. The victim had set the purse down on a game and moved over to another game. When she returned to the game, she discovered her purse had been stolen by unknown suspect(s). Inside the victim’s purse: approximately $50 in cash, her State of Michigan Operator’s License, passport, Samsung S8 cell phone, debit card, vehicle registration, and her proof of insurance. Time to invest in a nice cross-body bag.

■ BET THESE TWO WERE SURPRISED BY CHARGES – Officers responded to the Children’s Palace on the report of two subjects inside the business that were recognized as having committed prior retail frauds there. As officers were arriving, the suspect dropped approximately $300 worth of store merchandise they were believed to be preparing to steal and left the store. The officers located the subjects in another business and spoke with them. The suspects provided false names to the officers but were later identified. Both suspects were arrested and charged with Hinder and Obstruction of a Police Officer.

■ HANGING ON A HOOK IS LIKE ASKING TO BE STOLEN – Victim reports unknown suspect(s) stole his hoodie which he left hanging on a clothing hook in the common area of the men’s locker room at LA Fitness. Inside the pocket of the hoodie were the victim’s keys, sunglasses, and wallet. The victim’s wallet contained his State of Michigan Operator’s License, his social security card, and three credit cards, which he canceled. The victim is unable to provide any possible suspect(s). Here’s something else you don’t need to carry unless you’re applying for a job: your social security card.

Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes or any other offenses, please call the Troy Police Department at 248-524-3477. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call 524-0777