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Police arrest larceny-from-auto suspect after foot chase

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published October 9, 2019




ROYAL OAK — On Oct. 8, a 36-year-old Ferndale man was charged in relation to two instances of larceny from vehicles in Royal Oak neighborhoods the night of Oct. 6.

Magistrate Donald Chisholm, of the 44th District Court, arraigned Michael Allen Shaver on one count of larceny from auto and one count of breaking and entering an automobile over $1,000. Both are felonies that carry a penalty of up to five years in prison.

Shaver has no criminal convictions, and Chisholm set his bond at $10,000 cash or surety, 10%.

At approximately 10:33 p.m. Oct. 6, Royal Oak officers responded to a call from a resident, who reported that someone had stolen the tires and rims from his red 2013 Chevrolet Camaro, which had been parked in the 3200 block of Belle Court, near Coolidge Highway and Woodward Avenue.

Lt. Al Carter, of the Royal Oak Police Department, said a neighbor came home from work and noticed that the victim’s tires and rims were missing. He said she informed the neighbor and then noticed that a white contractor van driven by an unknown man quickly left the area.

“She thought that was suspicious,” Carter said. “The suspect in the van took off abruptly, went over the grass on the curb and then went southbound on Coolidge.”

Police immediately broadcast the suspect’s information to other local departments, and a Berkley police officer, after hearing the description, noticed the white van in the 3300 block of Parker Drive, near West Webster Road, in Royal Oak.

“Actually, (the officer also) saw another van (a 2004 Ford Econoline) with the door open,” Carter said. “(Shaver) was doing the second larceny. That’s when he was stealing tools from that vehicle.”

Royal Oak police officers quickly set up a perimeter and apprehended Shaver after a brief foot pursuit, according to police.

Inside Shaver’s van, police recovered the four stolen times and rims from the larceny on Belle Court, as well as stolen tools worth more than $2,000 from the vehicle on Parker Drive, Carter said. Carter said the tools included ladders, saws, drills and more.

Shaver did not yet have a defense attorney on record at press time.

Shaver’s next court appearance, a probable cause conference, is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 18 before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke.