SouthfieldOctober 9, 2013
Pair use fake gun to steal fake diamond earrings
By Jessica Strachan
C & G Staff Writer
SOUTHFIELD — Two teens were arrested recently after they allegedly used a pellet gun to steal a pair of fake diamond earrings from a resident.
A 16-year-old boy from Waterford and a 19-year-old man from Detroit were charged with armed robbery for holding up a 15-year-old Southfield boy at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 30. According to the report, the victim was supposed to meet up with one other person in the parking lot of a business in the 18000 block of 10 Mile Road to sell the earrings.
The victim told police he arranged the transaction through Instagram, an online social networking site used for photo and video sharing. The website allows users to share photos with digital filters on them, and it is not clear whether the purchase agreement was for cubic zirconia earrings, according to Lt. Nick Loussia of the Southfield Police Department.
“When the person who was supposed to buy the earrings showed up, the victim saw that there was at least one other person in the vehicle with him,” Loussia said. “When the victim walked up to the vehicle to make contact with the buyer, the driver of the vehicle asked to see the earrings, and as the victim was showing them to him, an individual in the backseat pointed a black semiautomatic handgun at him and said, ‘Give me your stuff.’”
The victim complied, giving the unknown suspects the earrings, and they reportedly fled in the vehicle. Loussia added that the suspects only took the earrings — made of a material known for its low cost, durability and visual likeness to authentic diamonds — and none of the victim’s personal possessions, such as his wallet or cellphone.
The report did not note the details of the transaction, such as the specifications of the jewelry or the price, but Loussia suggested the suspects might not have known those earrings were not valuable goods.
The victim responded by filing a police report stating he had been held at gunpoint and robbed. He was able to give a thorough description of the vehicle and suspects, Loussia explained, and officers began a several-day investigation into the crime.
“Officers were able to make both arrests within two days,” Loussia said. “The vehicle that was used in the robbery was recovered, and the weapon that was used turned out to be a (loaded) pellet handgun. … Even though the gun wasn’t real, they were still charged with armed robbery because they did use a weapon.”
Loussia added that the victim was unharmed, and the earrings were returned to him.
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