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Purse snatching leads to multiple charges against two men

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published May 4, 2016


ROYAL OAK — Officers arrested two men early April 24 after one allegedly grabbed a purse from inside Mr. B’s and ran to a stolen vehicle.

Detroit residents Ivan Sheppard, 24, and Ashton Currie, 22, were arraigned April 25 in 44th District Court before Magistrate Donald Chisholm. Sheppard was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and larceny in a building. He was given a $25,000 bond, no 10 percent. Currie was charged with receiving and concealing stolen property and possession of marijuana. He was given a $50,000 bond, no 10 percent.

Both men pleaded not guilty and asked for court-appointed attorneys. Their attorneys had not been assigned as of press time. A probable cause hearing was set for the morning of May 3, after press time, for both men.

Clemens said a third suspect was issued a misdemeanor for possession of open intoxicants in a motor vehicle.

Officers initially arrived at the sports bar, located at 215 S. Main St., after receiving a call at about 2:08 a.m. April 24 that an unknown person grabbed a purse that had been left unattended in the establishment and then ran outside to a vehicle parked in the municipal parking lot behind and north of the business.

Clemens said officers found the vehicle with Sheppard, Currie and the other suspect inside. Clemens said Sheppard had the stolen purse in his possession and a concealed knife.

“Further investigation revealed the vehicle they were in was stolen,” he said.

Officers also reportedly recovered marijuana and found open intoxicants in the vehicle. All three suspects were arrested without incident.

Clemens said it is never a good idea to leave personal items unattended.

“Don’t do it,” he said. “Don’t leave your valuables unattended in a public place.”

Clemens said it is always best to leave your valuables at home or just bring the essentials you need and keep them in your pocket. Other safety options include designating someone to stay with valuables at all times.