Oak Park man allegedly steals tricycle, vodka

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published September 14, 2018




BERKLEY — An Oak Park man was apprehended by local police after allegedly stealing an electric tricycle from outside a bar, then taking the tricycle to steal alcohol from a liquor store.

The Berkley Public Safety Department arrested Shamis Sims, 38, of Oak Park, at a bus stop in Berkley Aug. 23 after they received reports of Sims allegedly stealing items in the city.

According to police, they received a call from the manager of the Blarney Stone Pub, 27253 Woodward Ave., at around 2:32 p.m. after a 65-year-old Royal Oak man’s electric tricycle was stolen. Specifically, it was an E-Wheels EW-29 Electric Trike valued at $2,000.

Berkley Detective Lt. Andrew Hadfield said the theft is believed to have occurred at around 11 a.m. after the 65-year-old man arrived at the bar.

“The gentleman who owned the bike, he had gone in there around 11 (a.m.),” Hadfield said. “That’s when the bike had been stolen, but he was inside till 2 (p.m.), so he did not know it was stolen until 2. He came outside, he made the phone call with the Blarney Stone manager to say, ‘Hey, my bike had been stolen.’”

Police were shown surveillance video of a man taking the bike, which was parked at the corner of Columbia Road and Woodward Avenue. 

It was during this investigation, at around 3:21 p.m., Hadfield said, that officers were notified of a retail fraud. The police report states that the manager of the Blarney Stone Pub spoke with the owner of Silver Tower Liquor, located down the street at 27157 Woodward Ave., to see if the store had any video of the suspect. The manager learned that, before she called, Silver Tower Liquor had a liquor bottle stolen from the store.

Hadfield said a customer at the liquor store saw a man, whom police later determined to be Sims, taking a 1.75-liter bottle of Burnett’s Vodka off the shelf and then walking out of the store.

While police were searching in the area, Hadfield said an officer noticed a subject, Sims, matching the suspect’s description lying on the bench at the bus stop at Woodward and 11 Mile Road.

“The officers — at this point, they’re looking for him — they find him at the bus stop trying to get on a bus,” he said.

The officers questioned Sims, who police said denied stealing the bike and the alcohol. The police report states that a passer-by said Sims had been seen taking the Burnett’s Vodka without paying for it at the store. The bottle of vodka was found under a gray T-shirt on the ground next to the bench on which Sims was lying; the description of the suspect had indicated that he had a darker gray T-shirt draped over his right shoulder.

The bike was not with Sims at the bus stop, but police said that they found it near Silver Tower Liquor.

“The party store is along Woodward, and behind the party store is an apartment complex,” Hadfield said. “He had ditched the bike behind the apartment complex, and then left and hit the bus stop.”

According to the 44th District Court, Sims pleaded guilty to the retail fraud charge for the shoplifted liquor, and he will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 19.

Sims’ larceny case on the stolen electric tricycle was bound over to Oakland County Circuit Court, where his next court date was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 17 before Judge Daniel O’Brien.

“He waived his right to his exam (Sept. 7), and the next step is moving to the circuit court for an arraignment on the information,” said Laurel Brittany Acho, Sims’ attorney.