Man arraigned on auto theft charges in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published October 4, 2019

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — A 55-year-old man from Sterling Heights has been charged with the thefts of several vehicles in St. Clair Shores.

Police were called to Mr. C’s Party Store, 29955 Harper Ave., after a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix was stolen from the parking lot with the key inside. A 56-year-old woman told police that she had gone into the store at around 1:20 p.m. Sept. 23 and then realized that she forgot her keys.

When she returned to her vehicle less than 10 minutes later, the vehicle was gone and there was a bicycle in front of the parking space where her car had been. The bicycle had not been there before.

Security video captured a male suspect wearing a black shirt, a black hat and tan pants with a backpack riding into the lot on a bike, looking into the window of the vehicle, and then getting inside and driving away.

The incident was similar to that of two previous thefts, including the Sept. 15 theft of a Ford Expedition from the Mobil gas station at 23800 Jefferson Ave., said Detective Lt. James Fraser. A man matching the description of the Sterling Heights man was seen on surveillance video from the gas station in that case.

“We ended up recovering the (Grand Prix) down in Detroit on the east side. During the investigation, they observed the suspect get out of the stolen vehicle and get into another car, which was not stolen,” Fraser said.

Detroit police assisted St. Clair Shores police in making the arrest of 55-year-old Robert Edison, of Sterling Heights. He allegedly had the key for the stolen vehicle in his pocket at the time.

Edison was arraigned Sept. 24 in front of Judge Joseph Oster on three charges of unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle. He was given a $25,000 cash-or-surety bond on each of the three charges. He was in the Macomb County Jail as of press time Oct. 3.

His attorney, Matthew Walton, of Mount Clemens, had no comment.