Men face prison time after allegedly stealing rims and tires in Royal Oak

By: Kayla Dimick, Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published August 28, 2017

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ROYAL OAK — Two Detroit men are facing myriad charges after allegedly stealing rims and tires for years — including on Royal Oak’s  east side — and one of the men reportedly was a part of a Michigan State Police chase last week that ended in Southfield.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Keith Spencer said Deshawn Shelton Gardner, 36, and Jeffrey Lamont Miller, 34, were arraigned in 44th District Court Aug. 24 and charged with crimes stemming from allegedly stealing rims and tires during the early morning hours of Aug. 22 in the 500 block of South Wilson Avenue and the 1900 block of Brockton Avenue.

Gardner is charged with receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle, a felony carrying a penalty of up to 10 years in prison; two counts of larceny from a motor vehicle, a felony carrying a penalty of up to five years in prison; and driving with a suspended license, a misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to one year in jail.

Gardner’s bond was set at $75,000, no 10 percent. He pleaded not guilty. As of press time, an attorney had not been assigned to his case.

His criminal history includes convictions for larceny from a motor vehicle, unlawful driving away of an automobile, receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle, motor vehicle-conceal/misrepresent with intent to mislead, assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer, and operating without a license on him, according to police.

Miller is charged with two counts of larceny from a motor vehicle, a felony carrying a penalty of up to five years in prison.

Miller’s bond was set at $50,000, no 10 percent. He pleaded not guilty. As of press time, an attorney had not been assigned to his case.

Police said that his criminal history includes convictions for attempting to receive and conceal stolen property, receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle, attempting larceny from a motor vehicle, motor vehicle-conceal/misrepresent with intent to mislead, possession of marijuana, operating while impaired, and driving with a suspended license. 

Royal Oak police arrested Gardner and Miller following an ongoing investigation by a task force with the Michigan State Police.

According to a news release from Lt. Michael Shaw, of the Michigan State Police, at around 9 p.m. Aug. 21, troopers from the Metro South Post were contacted by the Western Wayne Community Resource Team to assist with the arrest of multiple people allegedly involved in a larceny-from-auto ring.

Shaw said in the release that police believe the men have been stealing tires and rims for more than two years, and police suspect that they have committed numerous thefts throughout metro Detroit.

The Western Wayne Community Response Team is a multijurisdictional task force led by the MSP.

Undercover units from the MSP followed the suspects to the area of Lincoln Avenue and Campbell Road in Royal Oak, where the alleged crime was happening, before attempting to approach the men, police said. Police said one vehicle was stopped at the scene and another fled the area.

“Miller was a passenger in the vehicle that fled, and Gardner was taken into custody here in Royal Oak,” Spencer said.

Shaw said the vehicle that left the scene struck a Metro South patrol vehicle when troopers attempted to make a stop.

Officers gave chase to the vehicle, and the pursuit ended in the area of Greenfield and Nine Mile roads in Southfield as the unnamed driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a cement barrier, overturning the vehicle.

Police said one person was ejected from the vehicle, and a second was temporarily trapped under it.

“Troopers freed the second subject, and EMS responded to provide medical aid,”  Shaw said.

Both suspects were taken to a local hospital, according to Shaw.

The two vehicles involved in the incident were found to have been stolen, police said.

Shaw said no troopers were injured during the incident, but a Michigan State Police patrol vehicle sustained minor damage from being struck by the suspect vehicle.

“The suspects were wanted by several police agencies for their involvement in numerous thefts throughout the metro area as well as assaulting police officers in Canton Township,” Shaw said in the release.

Gardner and Miller are scheduled to appear back in 44th District Court at 2 p.m. Sept. 7 for a probable cause conference.

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