Suspect arraigned in rash of Royal Oak larcenies from vehicles

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published July 13, 2022




ROYAL OAK — A suspect in multiple larcenies from automobiles in the southern part of Royal Oak was formally arraigned June 24.

Magistrate Donald Chisholm, of the 44th District Court, charged Corey Lee Rashada, 24, of Madison Heights, with eight felony counts — one count of uttering and publishing, five counts of stealing/retaining a financial transaction device, one count of resisting and obstructing a peace officer, and one count of receiving and concealing stolen property.

Rashada has prior convictions for receiving and concealing stolen property, stealing/retaining a financial transaction device, and unlawful driving away of an automobile, according to police.

Chisholm set Rashada’s bond at $50,000 cash or surety, no 10%. His next court appearance, a probable cause hearing before 44th District Court Judge Jamie Wittenberg, is scheduled for 9:31 a.m. Aug. 5. When reached by phone July 6, Rashada’s defense attorney, Joshua D. West, said he had not yet received any discovery in the case.

Police arrested Rashada for allegedly stealing items from numerous vehicles throughout the city in the early morning hours of June 22. He was located in the area of 11 Mile Road and Stephenson Highway. Police advised him to stop, and he attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended, according to police.

According to Royal Oak police, at approximately 4:34 a.m. June 22, the Troy Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit saw a suspect stealing items from vehicles in the 1000 block of Cherokee Avenue, near East Lincoln Avenue and South Campbell Road, and radioed Royal Oak police.

Royal Oak police said that they recovered a large amount of stolen property taken from numerous vehicles in the city.

“Once we fully investigated and ended up getting the search warrant for his apartment in Madison Heights, we located more stolen property that he got over weeks of going into cars that were unlocked,” Lt. Al Carter, of the Royal Oak Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, said.

Carter said the Police Department encourages residents to lock their vehicles at night, but that it doesn’t blame them when they become victims of an opportunistic crime like larceny from automobiles.

“This was really good police work,” he said. “(Undercover Troy officers) caught him in the act, he was charged with a lot of the crimes that we were able to link him with, and the magistrate set a high bond. This is a person with a history of doing this, so we knew we were dealing with a person who was very skilled at these crimes.”

So far, Carter said, police have linked only larcenies from automobiles in Royal Oak to the suspect, but that the investigation is ongoing. Police encourage people who believe they were victims of larcenies from automobiles to report the crimes.

For more information or to report a larceny from an automobile, contact Lt. Al Carter, of the Royal Oak Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, at (248) 246-3456.