Clinton Township man charged for Family Dollar robberies in Warren

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published May 15, 2018

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WARREN — A 23-year-old Clinton Township man could stand trial for up to four robberies at Family Dollar stores in Warren going back to February and extending through May 9.

Stacey Darnell Thomas was arraigned in the 37th District Court May 11, just hours after he was arrested by the Warren Police Department’s Special Operations team in Detroit.

Thomas was charged with three counts of armed robbery related to separate incidents in Warren. He remained held in the Macomb County Jail at press time, with bail totaling $600,000 for the three charges.  

Previously, Warren police said the Family Dollar store at 11815 E. Eight Mile Road, near Groesbeck Highway, was robbed twice: at 8:40 p.m. April 28, and again at 7:15 p.m. May 8. The store located at 20720 Van Dyke Ave., just north of Eight Mile, was robbed at 7:47 p.m. May 9.

Warren Police Capt. Robert Ahrens said patrol officers used a K-9 team to track the suspect after the May 9 robbery. The trail reportedly led officers across Eight Mile into Detroit before it abruptly terminated, leaving police to speculate the suspect left in a vehicle.

Special Operations officers were able to obtain surveillance video from a location nearby that showed a passenger car possibly used after the robbery.

“The vehicle was a very distinct Honda Civic. One of the fenders was a different color,” Ahrens said.

Members of the Special Ops team searched the area and later located that vehicle in traffic. Thomas was a passenger in the car and was taken into custody. He was later identified by witnesses from the scene of the robbery.

The driver, a 21-year-old Clinton Township woman, is eight months pregnant and was initially released. Ahrens said a request for charges against her remained pending.

Fingerprints were reportedly later used to link Thomas to another robbery at a third Family Dollar store in Warren on Feb. 23. Charges remained pending in that case.

Thomas requested a court-appointed lawyer at his arraignment. He was scheduled to appear before Judge Michael Chupa for a probable cause conference at 8:45 a.m. May 22, after press time.