Man charged for allegedly stealing wallet in Royal Oak

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published October 1, 2019




ROYAL OAK — At a weekend arraignment Sept. 14, 52-1 District Court Magistrate Victor Zanolli charged Michael Jay Allen, 50, of Detroit, with one count of larceny from a person, a felony that  carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

The charge stems from an incident that took place at approximately 2:30 a.m. Sept. 13 in Royal Oak.

According to Royal Oak police, officers were dispatched to Beaumont Hospital to speak with a man who reported that he had been injured after a thief stole his wallet earlier that morning.

The victim told police that he had been walking down 13 Mile Road, near Garden Avenue, when a man who had just parked his vehicle approached him. The man allegedly stated that he needed money for gas and almost immediately grabbed the victim’s wallet and fled back to his vehicle.

“The victim had a wallet with a chain on it,” said Lt. Keith Spencer, of the Royal Oak Police Department. “When the man came up and stated he needed gas money, he grabbed the victim’s wallet and chain and broke the chain in removing the wallet.”

The victim attempted to run after the thief but fell and sustained an injury to his face. While fleeing, the thief dropped several items — including his own identification — which were subsequently turned over to officers, police said.

Royal Oak detectives and officers from the Special Investigation Unit followed up on information obtained from the victim, and later that day, police arrested the suspect after locating him at a Sterling Heights home.

“This was a great job by our detectives and our officers. In looking for the suspect, they learned who he is associated with and were able to locate him,” Spencer said. “The good thing is, the victim only sustained a relatively minor injury.”

The victim was treated and released from the hospital, police said.

Allen’s criminal history includes convictions for carjacking, armed robbery, possession of a controlled substance, felony firearm, attempted possession of stolen property, resisting/obstructing a police officer, obstructing police and second-degree retail fraud, according to police.

Zanolli set Allen’s bond at $20,000 cash or surety, 10%. 

According to court records, Allen was bound over from the 44th District Court in Royal Oak to the Oakland County Circuit Court Sept. 27. He was set to be arraigned at the Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

Stacy Ann Drouillard, Allen’s defense attorney, did not respond to a request for comment by press time.