Family members arrested for allegedly stealing packages from Berkley porches

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published November 30, 2018

 Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

 Marcel Taylor

Marcel Taylor

BERKLEY — Two men were arrested Nov. 28 in connection with a string of larcenies in which multiple packages were stolen off the porches of homes.

Berkley police arrested 22-year-old Michael Taylor, of Westland, and 24-year-old Marcel Taylor, of Southfield, for their alleged involvement in the larcenies. They were arraigned the next day, Nov. 29, at the 44th District Court on four counts of larceny.

According to Berkley Public Safety Detective Lt. Andrew Hadfield, police were notified at approximately 1:08 p.m. Nov. 28 of a package theft in the 2900 block of Thomas Avenue, near Greenfield and 12 Mile roads.

“One of the residents contacted our dispatch, advising that their Ring doorbell camera had captured a person taking a package off their porch and leaving in a maroon-colored vehicle,” he said.

Police stated in a report that the theft occurred at around 12:54 p.m., and that the suspect vehicle was seen heading south on Thomas after the larceny.

After searching the area, police said, a red vehicle and two men were located in the 3100 block of Oakshire Avenue, near Beverly Boulevard. Hadfield said one of the suspects, allegedly Michael Taylor, was walking up near a house that had a package at the front door.

“(An officer) stopped and started speaking with them, finding that their story wasn’t making sense,” Hadfield said.

The story told to the officer, according to Hadfield, was that Michael Taylor’s girlfriend had dropped him off at a nearby 7-Eleven, while his cousin, Marcel Taylor, picked him up

“In speaking with them both separately, they did not have the same story of why they were in the area and what they were doing,” Hadfield said. “(Michael Taylor) quickly kind of gave up that they had been involved in the thefts, which led (Marcel Taylor) to kind of realize they had been caught.”

Hadfield said the suspects pointed police in the direction of where they hid some of the packaging. Other officers went to that location and found the packaging in a dumpster.

“Using that information, as well as the video from the Ring doorbell camera, we were able to identify both of the subjects in the car were the ones that had been stealing the packages,” Hadfield said.

In the suspect vehicle, a red Ford Taurus, Hadfield said items that had been stolen off the porches of four different homes had been found: three from Thomas Avenue between the 2000 and 3000 blocks, and one in the 2400 block of Cummings Avenue, which is the next street east of Thomas Avenue. The items were two wheel bearings and hubs for a Saturn vehicle, a Tory Burch handbag, Express faux fur glittery slippers and an Ancestry.com kit.

Hadfield said that during the holiday season especially, there are packages left for several hours at some homes, and he wants to advise residents to be wary of leaving boxes alone for so long.

“We just recommend that, through some of the companies, you can request the items be put at the side door or back door, or having a neighbor pick it up for you,” he said. “If those aren’t options available to you, then sometimes having it just shipped to a work address allows you the ability to have the package delivered while you’re working instead of being left out there for a thief to take.”

Michael Taylor and Marcel Taylor were charged with three counts of larceny between the amounts of $200 and $1,000, and one count of larceny under $200. They each were given $2,000 bonds, according to the 44th District Court.

Both will have their pretrial hearings at the court at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14. According to the court, neither defendant had an attorney appointed yet.