Stolen wedding ring a fake report, police say

UPDATE: Woman charged, named

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 14, 2015


St. Clair Shores Police say a woman who reported being forcefully robbed of her wedding ring during a Saturday afternoon at a local grocery store parking lot was not telling the truth.

“She came in yesterday for an interview regarding the report and she confessed to making up the story,” Detective Gordon Carrier said April 14.

Kelly Parsons, 45, of St. Clair Shores, said she was getting out of her car, which was parked in front of Kroger on Harper Avenue at 13 Mile Road, around 12:45 p.m. April 11 when she was approached by a black male she described as being in his late teens, thin and about 6-foot tall.

She told police that the teen said, “Give me what you got,” but she told him she had nothing and that’s when she said the man struck her once on the forehead and grabbed her wedding ring off her finger, then fled in an older model silver Cadillac car.

Parsons was arraigned April 14 in 40th District Court in front of Judge Joseph Oster on a felony charge of false report of a felony, which carries a penalty of four years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine. She was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond and was scheduled to be back in court April 20 for a probable cause conference. A preliminary examination in the case is set for May 5.

“Reviewing everything and just bringing her in for the interview and going over the circumstances with her and telling her we didn’t believe her story and she confessed,” Carrier said. “The main thing is, the surveillance video ... we didn’t see the described suspect vehicle in the area, so we didn’t see anybody fleeing the area, so that led to start thinking there was some issues with it.”

The story spread quickly on social media immediately after it was reported by multiple news agencies April 11, causing residents to fear shopping in their own neighborhood. 

Carrier told Oster that Parsons had been "cooperative and truthful" once she was contacted April 13 as part of the investigation and does not have any criminal history.