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February 20, 2014

Man runs amok, trashes 7-Eleven store

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

WARREN – Police are looking for a man who went on a rampage and trashed the inside of a 7-Eleven store on Feb. 7 when employees told him he couldn’t use a $25 gift card to pay for gas.

“He’s a menace,” Warren Police Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said of the suspect, described as a 35-year-old white man, about 6 feet tall, weighing more than 300 pounds.

Two employees of the 7-Eleven store at 11 Mile Road and Dequindre told police the man  — also described as bald and clean-shaven, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans — entered the store and attempted to buy gas using a $25 store gift card. When informed he could not use the card to purchase gas, the man allegedly gave the employees an ultimatum.

“We cannot give gas with a gift card and so he wanted his money back,” one of the employees wrote in a statement to police. “We denied him his money so he threatened to trash the store if we didn’t give it (back) within 10 seconds.”

Another employee told police the “guy freaked out” and started trashing the store.

Patrol officers who arrived at the scene found the store in “complete disarray,” according to a police report.

“Several items of merchandise (bags of chips, candy, beverages) were on the floor of the store,” the incident report stated. “Some of the merchandise was open (food and liquid on the floor). Glass jars of salsa and cheese were broken, with the glass and contents on the floor. The shelves were also in disarray. Behind the counter, additional merchandise was on the floor, consistent with the items being thrown towards, and over the counter.”

A customer told police he walked into store and saw a man “throwing Red Bull.” He said the store was “already covered in thrown product” and that that the suspect got into a verbal altercation with another customer.

The suspect reportedly drove away from the store in a dark compact car that was missing a front hubcap on the driver’s side. No injuries were reported but police said the episode left more than $1,000 in damage.

Anyone with information about the suspect can reach Warren Police Detective Jodi Walny at (586) 574-4810.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.