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Police Blotter: Glock Stolen from Gym Locker, Downtown Fight and More

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

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

iPhones, wallets and Glock stolen at LA Fitness

25352 Woodward (LA Fitness), May 9: A man reported his wallet and iPhone were stolen from his unlocked locker. 

25352 Woodward (LA Fitness), May 9: A man reported he was playing basketball at the gym and someone stole his backpack containing his wallet, iPhone and keys.

25352 Woodward (LA Fitness), May 14: A man reported his pair of Nike Air Max shoes and a Glock .40 caliber handgun were stolen out the locked locker.

Fight breaks out downtown

W. Fourth and S. Main, May 12: Officers responded to the area for a fight and a purse stolen. Officers spoke to people who stated a fight broke out amongst several males and one male took a purse and fled on foot down Main Sreet. Officers located and arrested both suspects. 

Items taken from unlocked cars

600 block of N. Edison, May 9: A woman reported she left her purse in her unlocked vehicle parked in her driveway. She discovered someone stole her wallet, keys, gift cards and money out of her purse. 

1100 block of Irving, May 11: A woman reported someone stole her cell phone, cell phone charger and GPS unit out of her unlocked vehicle.

700 block of S. Altadena, May 14: A man reported someone stole his sporting equipment, coins and GPS unit out of his unlocked vehicle.

Catalytic convertor stolen

1600 block of Fairview, May 15: A man reported someone stole his vehicle’s catalytic convertor.

Thieves target lawn mower, weed wacker

2000 block of Vinsetta, May 11: A man reported he left his lawnmower in the front of the house on the sidewalk and returned a short time later to discover someone had stolen it.

2000 block of N. Wilson, May 13: A man reported someone stole his weed wacker and edger from his garage. 

500 block of N. Vermont, May 15: A man reported someone stole his metal lawn sign with the company logo of “Budman Remodeling” on it.

Couple drives away with dealership car

31200 Woodward (Village Automotive), May 10: The sales manager reported he was assisting a couple in purchasing a vehicle. The female subject produced identification and asked to test drive a 2008 Pontiac G6 GXP. She then drove away and did not return with the vehicle.

The first suspect is described as black female in early 30s, heavy build, 5-feet 2-inches and wearing blue hospital scrubs.

The second suspect is described as a black male in his early 30s, medium build, wearing a tan coat, blue jeans and a gray hat.

Additionally, the identification produced by the female suspect was fraudulent.

Malicious destruction of property

1220 Morse, May 9: A woman reported someone sprayed painted graffiti on the vacant building. 

200 block of Dewey, May 11: A woman reported someone spray painted graffiti on her garage shed.

Police nab eyewear thief 

508 W. 11 Mile (Rembrandt Dry Cleaner’s) May 15: A customer reported his designer Ray Ban sunglasses were stolen when he was trying on clothing. The owner reviewed the security video and noticed another customer take the sunglasses. Officers were able to track down the person at his apartment. The suspect admitted to stealing the sunglasses and was arrested. 

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.

Tim H May 17, 2013 at 11:26 AM
This is chronic for LA fitness. See link below with 50 plus reports filed on LA fitness. Believe it or not, statistically, the LA fitness propery is more dangerous than standing on the corner of Gratiot and Mack avenues in Detroit. http://royaloak.patch.com/blog_posts/la-fitness-the-most-dangerous-place-in-royal-oak-a-history-of-gun-theft-larson-and-stolen-cars
Geof Vasquez May 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM
I brought the possibility of this happening at a public meeting long before the facility opened and Mayor Ellison defended LA Fitness vigorously. His main point was there was no expectation of more crime of a fitness facility. When I later talked with law enforcement officials they said fitness clubs are crime targets for crime because criminals know when people work out their valuables are either in their car or their locker.
Laura Harrison May 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Maybe the city should purchase the vacant property across the street from LA and build the new police station there????
Bob May 17, 2013 at 01:04 PM
No doubt about the crime magnets, but I declare this is no reason to ban fitness clubs. There has to be a better solution. My understanding is that LA Fitness in Royal Oak is overcrowded. LA Fitness should provide better security for their members.
Lisa Butterfield May 17, 2013 at 01:49 PM
A Glock?????!!!!!!
K Lerchen May 17, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Its a combination of opportunity and access. They know there's no security, and its easy on easy off to both 696 and Woodward. Maybe the Signature club at an extra $75 a month should come with security or gated parking rather than towels and lotion, lol. Or, open up at 5 on weekends, too, so I can get my workout in before the thieves get out to work...
THOMAS H HILDBOLD May 17, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Maybe the city should start issuing tickets to LA fitness for all the time police spend taking reports about poor security at that place of business
Jack Manning May 18, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Anyone who would leave a loaded handgun in an unlocked locker should have their CCW revoked. This is one of the ways illegal handguns wind-up on the street. If this person is this careless about securing his firearm he may be just as careless with the firearm itself.....there is no excuse for this.
Jack Manning May 18, 2013 at 02:44 AM
With my hands!
TJO May 18, 2013 at 12:16 PM
If your that stupid as to take anything other than your workout clothes to that place, I have no sympathy if it taken. By know it should be know that "any valuables are left at your own risk" and police should stop responding after the fact. I want the police fighting crime, not doing the insurance companies paperwork.
Tim H May 18, 2013 at 01:59 PM
I think the point here is that LA fitness should be held accountable, employ significant counter measures, and clean up their act so we do not have to continue to send our officers there once a week to file a report. Obviously LA fitness does not care about their members or community. They need an incentive to change. I would propose fines, or impose sanctions on their right to operate in Royal Oak until these issues have been permanently nullified.
THEODORE GIBSON May 20, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Were these lockers at LA Fitness locked? Because when I'm there, half of the patrons don't bother to lock their stuff up. Serves them right for being foolish - everyone knows that place is a crime magnet. I don't blame LA Fitness for the criminal behavior, but LA Fitness obviously doesn't seem to care one way or another. I say this having been an active member for over two years. I would never leave anything of value openly displayed in my vehicle, and I would never leave anything in an unsecured locker.
Tim H May 20, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Theodore. About half of the lockers are indeed locked. Also, even if lockers are unlocked, locked cars are regularly broken into in their parking lot. Please see full list of 50 plus incidents listed on the following pat blog: http://royaloak.patch.com/blog_posts/la-fitness-the-most-dangerous-place-in-royal-oak-a-history-of-gun-theft-larson-and-stolen-cars
JH May 21, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Jack, the article states that the locker was locked, not unlocked. I agree that there would be no excuse if the locker was actually unlocked.
Enrique_Sordido May 29, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Tim H, I think you are going overboard. Imposing fines and sanctions on LA Fitness until they clean up their act so we don't have to keep sending our officers over there? LA Fitness is a Royal Oak business and pays taxes just like you and I - a whole heck of a lot more for that matter. "Our" officers are "their" officers as well and they are entitled to the same city services as we are. Certainly they are not inviting criminals by using their patrons as bait - this is just foolish. LA Fitness is a large business and a health club at that - a prime target for petty theives looking to make a quick buck. LA Fitness will get the message and do something about this when consumers take notice and get sick of their stuff getting taken and cars broken into and stop patronizing this establishment. Until enough of this happens, business will continue as usual - it is their right. Unless something absolutely atrocious is happening at LA Fitness, the talk of sanctions or fines is ridiculous. Alsolet's quit with this nonsense about LA Fitness being more dangerous than standing at Mack/Gratiot. This is not an apples to apples comparison and is merely a misleading headline that would be used by a politician. It is simply not true and similar to comparing the stats of a rookie DH with 2 AB and 2 singles and saying he is statistically a better hitter than Miggy. If LA Fitness opened up an identical facility at Mack/Gratiot, which location would have more crime?
Enrique_Sordido May 29, 2013 at 12:15 PM
For the record, I think the actions being taken - writing corporate contacts and bringing light to the crimes being committed - are the right way to go. Knowledge is power and the more people that know, the more they will be affected and take action. I personally would never even think to become a member - mostly because of the fact that the parking situation looks terrible. Add my new found knowledge of the crime, and any chance of me becoming a member of this facility is nill.

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