Police use Taser on serial shoplifter — officers injured

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published August 25, 2015




A shoplifting call ended in a wild pursuit and officer injures at Oakland Mall last week.

Police responded to a store at Oakland Mall just after 8 p.m. Aug. 19 after a 36-year-old Cleveland, Ohio, man reportedly attempted to shop lift there.

Police believe Reginald Murphy stole items at the Victoria’s Secret store at Somerset Collection earlier that day, as well as previously in Chicago and from other malls in the region.

Murphy reportedly was seen putting about $550 in items in a bag at the Victoria’s Secret store at Oakland Mall Aug. 19. He left the store without paying. Police tried to stop Murphy when he left the store, and he reportedly took off running and assaulted an officer.

Police chased the man to a 2014 Nissan Altima, and an officer grabbed ahold of the suspect as he got into the driver’s seat, according to reports.

Officers used a Taser on Murphy, who then started the vehicle with the officer in the back seat, striking an officer with the car, said Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman.

Police said the officer inside Murphy’s vehicle put the car in park, but Murphy put it in gear and drove through the lot, striking several parked vehicles in an attempt to head onto 14 Mile Road.

Police squad cars boxed in the Altima, and officers apprehended the man. Officers recovered $5,890 worth of stolen merchandise, a Taser and marijuana, according to reports. Four officers were injured and were given medical attention. All but one had returned to duty at press time.

Murphy was arraigned in 52-4 District Court Aug. 21 for kidnapping, organized retail fraud, resisting police, felony assault of a police officer, fleeing from police, possession of a theft detection device and marijuana possession.

His bond was set at $500,000, cash/surety. He appeared in court without an attorney. His probable cause hearing is set for Sept. 3, and a preliminary exam is set for Sept. 10.