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St. Clair Shores crime briefs for month of May

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published May 26, 2020

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Here are the newsworthy incidents reported to local police during the last few weeks.

Police investigate Rite Aid robbery
Police were able to track a vehicle that may have been involved in a May 11 robbery at Rite Aid, 23201 Marter Road, and was subsequently involved in a crash in Eastpointe as the driver attempted to flee from police.

St. Clair Shores police were called to Rite Aid around 4:30 p.m. May 11 after a masked man wearing a black and red jacket, and a black hat and pants, left the store with a shopping cart full of nearly $800 worth of liquor, sounding alarms. The employee told police that she saw the man get into a black vehicle with a license plate that had been covered with tape and drive away.

A short time later, another St. Clair Shores police officer saw the suspect vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled, endangering other drivers with reckless speeds on Nine Mile Road. Police terminated the pursuit as the vehicle entered Eastpointe, driving at speeds of 65 mph in a 35 mph zone, but it then ran a red light and was struck by another vehicle as it attempted to cross the intersection at Gratiot Avenue. The driver continued to flee from police.

Police were able to determine that the vehicle was likely owned by a 38-year-old Warren woman who has a criminal history involving drugs. On the woman’s Facebook page, police identified a man who may be in a relationship with the woman matching the suspect’s physical description, who also has a history of drug crimes and retail fraud.

On May 20, police went to a tow yard in Detroit, where the vehicle had been impounded. The vehicle had heavy accident damage on the rear passenger side. They also found two bottles of liquor with the security devices and tops broken off of them and a roll of tape in the backseat.


Irate customer spills coffee
The morning of May 20, police were called to Shell gas station, 27633 Little Mack Ave., after the 43-year-old owner reported that a customer had become upset and thrown a cup of coffee on the ground.

The owner said that the woman came into the store at 9:50 a.m. to buy a cup of coffee. As she was paying, the owner noticed that she had parked her vehicle in the no parking zone near the front door. He asked her not to park there again. They then began to argue, and the woman knocked and hit the coffee, causing it to spill across the floor and on some merchandise. The owner was able to get a license plate number on the woman’s vehicle, which was registered to a 25-year-old St. Clair Shores woman.


Man reports theft of unlocked vehicle with keys inside
Just before 2 p.m. May 18, police were called to the UPS Store, 31408 Harper Ave., after a 32-year-old man from Detroit reported that his 2007 Dodge Charger had been stolen.

The man said that he went into the store and left the vehicle parked in the lot with the keys inside and the doors unlocked. When he came outside, he saw a friend of his girlfriend’s friend, a 25-year-old man from Ohio, drive away southbound on Harper Avenue toward 13 Mile Road. The Detroit man told police that the man was most likely taking the car to Columbus, Ohio, where he lives.


Sleeping stranger arrested in resident’s car
A 23-year-old St. Clair Shores man has been charged with larceny from an automobile and possession of analogues after he was found asleep in another man’s vehicle.

The 47-year-old owner of a silver BMW called police at 7:20 p.m. May 14 after he found the man asleep in the driver’s seat of the vehicle with the door open at Princeton and Yale streets. Police woke the suspect, who said that the vehicle belonged to his friend, “Bill,” who said he could sleep in it. The owner of the vehicle, whose name is not Bill, told police that he had seen the man walking in the neighborhood but that he had never given him permission to be in his vehicle.

The 23-year-old man had in his pockets $300 designer sunglasses and various change belonging to the 47-year-old man that he had found in the car, along with some of his own possessions. He was taken into police custody.


Woman cited for leaving scene of accident
Police were called to an accident scene at Eight Mile Road and the westbound Interstate 94 exit ramp at 11:50 a.m. May 3. A 60-year-old St. Clair Shores man told police that he was rear-ended by a maroon Hyundai, which he claimed had turned right on a red light and struck his vehicle on the rear passenger side.

The man said that he and the other driver pulled over, and she verbally identified herself and gave him an address in Detroit but never showed him any identification. She drove away when the man said he was calling police to make a report.

On May 9, Eastpointe police called St. Clair Shores police to report that they had just impounded a Hyundai Sonata that was parked in the middle of the road. It was identified as being the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run accident. Police were able to locate the driver of the Hyundai, a woman from Ohio. When they spoke with her, she said that she had provided the other driver her name but didn’t know he had called police. She denied turning on a red light and said that the light had been green for her. She did admit that she did not have a driver’s license.

Police cited the woman, who was currently residing in Detroit, for failing to stop and provide identification at the scene of an accident.