Craiglist Ad Leads to Robbery, Man Pulled Over Has Pistol and More

Highlights from Royal Oak Police Department reports from the past week.

The following information was supplied by the Royal Oak Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Thief enters through unlocked garage


1400 block of S. Main, Nov. 29, 1:40 p.m. - 1:53 p.m.: A man reported someone entered his residence through his unlocked attached garage. The suspect stole an X-Box 360 game console, a video game and a brown messenger bag. The suspect also stole an iPod from his unlocked vehicle parked in the garage. 

2600 block of Ferncliff, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.: A person reported someone attempted to break into the residence through the rear door. The doorframe was damaged but the person did not gain entry to the home.


Craiglist ad leads to robbery


3500 block of Crooks, Nov. 29, noon – 12:20 p.m.: A woman reported she posted items for sale on Craigslist. Two people responded to the ad and arrived at her residence to complete the transaction.

After receiving payment for the items she placed the money in her wallet and set it down on a table in the front room of the residence. She left the room for a few moments while the subjects moved the items to their car. When she returned to the room the men were gone. The woman alleged the men took the property and stole her wallet. She described the pair as 25-30 year-old black males.


Coat with wallet, cellphone, keys stolen


25352 Woodward (L.A. Fitness), Nov. 29, 8:15 p.m. – 8:21 p.m.: A man reported he hung his coat in the common area of the men’s locker room. When he returned he discovered someone had stolen it. His coat contained his wallet, cell phone, keys and an undisclosed amount of currency.


Acquaintance steals camera

400 block of S. Minerva, Dec. 1 – Dec. 2, 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 a.m.: A man reported an acquaintance stole his Canon XA-10 camera from his home.

Computer stolen overnight from unlocked law office 


26862 Woodward (Cohen, Learner & Robinovitz Law Offices) Dec. 3 – Dec. 4, 5 p.m. – 8 a.m.: A person reported someone entered the unlocked office and stole a Lenovo and a Dell laptop computer.


Wallet taken at YMCA


1016 W. 11 Mile (YMCA) Dec. 3, 9:27 p.m.: A man reported someone removed the lock from his locker and stole his wallet. A member reported seeing a suspicious person in the men’s locker room opening lockers and going through other members’ property. The person left the building before staff could locate him.   

The suspect was described as a black, 18-24 years old, 5-feet 11-inches and 190 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie with the words “All Damn Day” in bright green script on the front and bright yellow Nike athletic shoes.  


Cars damaged


200 S. Center (parking structure), Nov. 30, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.: A woman reported someone attempted to steal a tire from her blue 2007 Chrysler 300.

1100 block of S. Washington, Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.: A woman reported someone attempted to break into her vehicle causing damage to the passenger side door. A witness observed an man throw a rock at the victim’s car, get into a red vehicle and flee the area west bound on Harrison.

100 block of Allenhurst, Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 8 p.m. - 4 p.m.: A woman reported someone dented the hood and roof of her vehicle by walking on it.

400 block of S. Edison, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 8 p.m. – 8 a.m.: A man reported someone keyed the driver and passenger side of his vehicle.


Business sign vandalized


809 W. 11 Mile (Douglas Eades, DDS Dental), Nov. 26 – Dec. 3, 6 p.m. – 9:30am: A man reported someone damaged the business sign affixed to the building.


Man pulled over has pistol


Woodward and Rockingham, Dec. 01, 8:46 p.m.: A Royal Oak officer observed a vehicle speeding southbound on Woodward. The officer stopped the vehicle at Woodward and Rockingham and approached the driver. The driver did not have his driver’s license and was placed under arrest. While searching the suspect the officer located a small pistol in the suspect’s pocket. The man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and no operator’s license on person. 

If you have any information about any of these incidents, call Royal Oak Police at 248-246-3500. For questions about this blotter, email judy.davids@patch.com.


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