Armed man steals four TVs from store

Suspect caught after chase in Oakland County

By: Brian Louwers | C&G Newspapers | Published October 5, 2018

WARREN/TROY — Store security personnel backed off and called the police after a man pulled out a handgun as he was leaving Walmart with four 32-inch TVs he didn’t pay for Sept. 30.

The incident was reported at 6:07 a.m. in the parking lot of the store at Van Dyke Avenue and 12 Mile Road.

“Walmart security attempted to stop the white male and ask him for a receipt for the four TVs,” said Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt, of the Warren Police Department. “At that point, the white male then pulled a black handgun from his waistband and told her to back up.”

Eidt said detectives were waiting to speak with a 25-year-old Auburn Hills man who was arrested Oct. 2 after a similar theft at the Walmart store at 2001 W. Maple Road in Troy. Employees there told police the man, believed to be the same suspect in the Warren theft, was with a woman when the pair left the store with six TVs. The suspect reportedly pointed a gun at the store manager when they were confronted.

A pursuit reportedly ensued when police located the suspect vehicle in the store parking lot and continued into Clawson. The woman reportedly jumped out of the suspect vehicle on Langely Road, east of Crooks Road, and fled on foot. The man continued on in the vehicle and into a residential neighborhood, where he reportedly jumped out of the vehicle but left it in gear, causing it to strike a police car.

The suspect reportedly entered a home on Bywood Avenue in Clawson, near Normandy Road and South Washington Avenue, where he allegedly demanded a resident’s car keys. The man eventually surrendered without incident.

Warren detectives were working with store security to obtain more information about the brand of TVs taken and an approximate dollar value.

The suspect was expected to be brought to the 37th District Court in Warren for arraignment from Oakland County, where he now faces additional charges.

Staff Writer Terry Oparka contributed to this report.