Police searching for alleged thief

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published March 4, 2015


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A Clinton Township man is being investigated by Clinton Township Police’s Criminal Investigations Bureau after allegedly committing larceny of a wallet and subsequent credit card fraud.

According to police, the initial theft allegedly occurred in late January or early February when Anthony Carl Bowden, 52, walked into Alley 59 at Groesbeck Highway and Hall Road and saw that a woman’s purse was left unattended.

“Fantastic video shows (Bowden) like it was set up to actually catch him stealing from her purse, and he walks over and looks over a few times and the camera is literally right (there),” a detective said. “He sticks his hand in the purse, takes the wallet and walks out of the alley.”

Police allege Bowden used the stolen credit card at a Meijer in Madison Heights, a Target in Southfield and three gas stations in Detroit.

Records show that Bowden lives in an apartment complex in Clinton Township.

The detective said the victim reported the theft as soon as she became aware of the situation, but during the time in between, Bowden allegedly used the card. The woman was also notified by her bank that someone had tried to set up a new account using a female name.

Police looked at 13 suspects and confirmed through video and contact with sources that Bowden was the suspect in the bowling alley’s surveillance video. It was later discovered that he is on parole.

Police spoke with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office and, since the credit card was taken in Clinton Township, Bowden can be charged with two counts of identity theft if found guilty — one charge for Meijer and one for Target.

He would also be charged with one count of larceny for the bowling alley theft.

The forged credit card account may not draw any charges due to no actual identification aligning Bowden with the female name on the account.

Police had worked to get a warrant for Bowden’s arrest. Bowden was supposed to meet his parole officer in mid-February, but never showed up.

On Feb. 26, Clinton Township Lt. Eric Reincke said Bowden was still on the run. His whereabouts are unknown at press time.

The Clinton Township Police Department is continuing the investigation and anyone with information can call (586) 493-7894.