Police Blotter: Heroin Bust, Items Stolen from Cars at LA Fitness

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 reports from the week of March 30-April 5:

Items taken from cars at LA Fitness

  • LA Fitness, 25352 Woodward Avenue, March 29:  A man reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole his wallet.
  • LA Fitness, 25352 Woodward Avenue, March 30:  A woman reported someone broke her vehicle’s window and stole her purse. 
  • LA Fitness, 25352 Woodward Avenue, March 30:  A man reported someone broke his vehicle’s window and stole his briefcase. 
  • LA Fitness, 25352 Woodward Avenue, March 30:  A woman reported someone broke her vehicle’s window and stole her purse.

Heroin bust

  • 600 block of W. Third, April 2:  Royal Oak officers assisted MDOC parole agents with the home check of a parolee.  The officers located heroin inside the home.  Two suspects were arrested for possession of narcotics.  The parolee was also charged with violating the terms of his parole.

Tanning salon's locks glued

  • , 32782 Woodward Avenue, April 1:  The business reported someone super glued the locks on both the front and rear entry doors. 

Home Invasion

  • 2300 block of W. Thirteen Mile, March 24:  A woman reported someone broke into her home and stole photo albums and damaged the furniture and appliances. 
  • 1000 block of S. Campbell ,  March 29:  A woman reported someone forced open her side door and stole medication and currency. 
  • 800 block of S. Stephenson, March 30:  A resident reported someone forced open the front door and stole several watches, jewelry, a laptop computer with case, and a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun. 
  • 3100 block of Coolidge, April 3:  A resident reported someone cut a hole in the bedroom window screen in an attempt to break into the home.  No entry was gained. 
  • 1400 block of McLean, April 3:  A man reported someone cut the screen to his bedroom window in an attempt to gain entry into the home.  Officers also located pry marks on the door wall.  No entry was gained. 

Items taken from unlocked cars

  • 500 block of Amelia, April 2:  Residents reported someone entered their unlocked vehicle and stole currency and the house keys. 
  • 3900 block of Custer, March 31:  A man reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole currency and various hand tools. 
  • 700 block of Donald, March 31:  A man reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole his wallet. 


  • 1700 block of Bassett, March 29:  A man reported someone stole his red and black Schwinn Cruiser Seven bicycle from his unlocked garage. 
  • , 1400 block of Lexington, April 3:  The arena reported someone entered a locker room and stole four wallets. 

Other Incident 

  • , 200 N. Main, March 30:  A woman reported someone broke into her locked employee locker and stole currency.   
  • Chester and Coolidge, April 2:  A man reported someone used a paint marker to draw graffiti on the windows of his vehicle. 
Chief April 06, 2012 at 09:07 AM
This will continue to increase now that RO approved a liquor store on main across from Finn. Guess the church sold out. Maybe we can get a pawn shop and another cheap motel. I thought we had enough liquor stores?
Dave Hogg April 06, 2012 at 09:47 AM
The endless string of cars being broken into at LA Fitness is really ridiculous. Every week, there are at least three or four entries on the police blotter.
l.c. April 06, 2012 at 01:27 PM
hey;LA fitness where is your SECURITY??? get w/the program before you lose all your clients-PLEASE. do something!!!
RAM April 06, 2012 at 07:08 PM
When is LA Fitness going to get of its butt and install some cameras and/or get some parking lot security? Thery're a reliable part of the police log for car break-ins. Chief, you are misinformed. The Franklin will be a deli with a small area for convenience store-type items, it will not be a liquor store.
Maurice Johnson April 06, 2012 at 11:29 PM
LA fitness is a joke. They make so much money they've oversold the membership, there's no parking! The city needs to force them to get them security. I go there and talk to the manager about it and guess what her sponsor was to me, " don't leave anything valuable in your car". Royal oak is a safe city and LA Fitness is turning ot into downtown Detroit.
Ronald Wolf April 07, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Hypothesis:When all this action occurs around one location could it be related to the possibility that this is a known hub for the buying and selling of narcotics? There must be a good reason to take the risk of having a membership in a club with so many incidents of larceny. RO is not Maybury RFD our PD has the ability place a team designed to stop this, If not RO needs to call in the State Police. Too much police time and tax revenue is being taken up with what is appearing to be a nuicance business that cares little about the safety of its clientel possibly because they do not live here. Another theory is that these crimes took place elsewhere, but for insurance purposes it is easy to say it happenned in a parking lot of a business you patronize.
Ronald Wolf April 07, 2012 at 04:06 AM
On the heroin bust the detectives should take his picture to various bars in Royal Oak to see which ones he may frequent. This would tell the police immediatelly where drug connections are possibly being made. Or does that take too much effort? The grapevine says that RO definitely has a heroin problem, though not as bad as major cities. Its a known fact that Pontiac has this problem as well.
Cal Hayhow April 07, 2012 at 06:09 AM
LA Fitness has a problem. The cars are sitting ducks. Wait to the new DMC opens in a couple of years. Remember, ROYAL OAK is 3 miles north of the poorest city in the US. Crime flows to where the money is
Chief April 07, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Steph - "you are misinformed. The Franklin will be a deli with a small area for convenience store-type items, it will not be a liquor store." When the sign says Franklin liquor and will offer fine wines and "Liquor" to me that would be a liquor store. Regardless we don't need another liquor store and especially not on south part of Main St. We already have enough luring criminals.
Mike April 07, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Maybe if people would not leave their wallet and purses in their car they would not get broken into. It's not rocket science. Ever heard of a trunk? The police and LA Fitness cannot babysit your car for you 24/7. Take some responsibility for your own security.
Maurice Johnson April 07, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Mike I have lived in the condos across the street from LA fitness for almost 6 years. I have never heard of tproblems with peoples cars getting broken into or stolen in all the surrounding area with all of that on street parking. Sense LA fitness has opened all of this has gone downhill. It's not just the cars, people are stealing things out of the locker rooms there fistfights on the basketball court there that spill out into the workout center. LA fitness has no control whatsoever! The place is packed every day they're making money but LA fitness management is clearly incompetent and is neglectful of anything right now!
Ronald Wolf April 08, 2012 at 01:21 PM
To Pasternak: If you had insurance and lived in Detroit would it not be easier while you are at LA to bother one of our officers to make the report, or wait for hours or days for one to arrive in Detroit? Or to have to find your local precinct to make this low priority report? After reading Maurice's comment below I believe that it is more likely the combination of their clientel and the convenient Woodward and freeway get aways. DMC is definitely going to be surpised if this is the case.
nofuture April 10, 2012 at 04:28 PM
before the parking lot crime was @ LA Fitness, it was @ the YMCA. The neighborhood isn't ruined. Relax. And- to imply that wallets being stolen from cars indicates a drug problem @ the gym is absurd. Check into reality once in a while.
Erich Von Zipper April 10, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Obviously the key to the problem are those gosh darned fitness junkies. To stamp out crime we must stamp out fitness!
nofuture April 10, 2012 at 08:27 PM
what do bars have to do with heroin distribution? you watch way too much TV.
Ronald Wolf April 12, 2012 at 06:49 PM
No future, You are so right. bars only serve liquor to straight drinkers never junkies meeting their connection. Thats only on television. Today if a junkie wants to connect they can google "heroin" and use credit card or paypal
Ronald Wolf April 12, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Erich Von Zipper if you want to stay fit trade in your motorcycle for a bicylcle.
Big Truth April 13, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Re: 700 block of Donald Anybody dumb enough to leave their wallet in an unlocked car deserves to have it stolen. Hopefully, there was lots of dough in the billfold.
Big Truth April 13, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Re: LA Fitness, 25352 Woodward Avenue, March 29: Again, another dummy who leaves his wallet in an UNLOCKED CAR. I only hope and pray these fools are hugely inconvenienced.
Big Truth April 13, 2012 at 05:22 AM
How come PATCHY ain't reporting on this: man accused of attacking Birmingham cab driver-faces several charges including assault, battery, possession of stolen credit card after night at Birmingham's Corner Bar. No doubt it's some "hood" person originally from the "D" or some Chaldean.
Big Truth April 13, 2012 at 05:24 AM
How come PATCHY ain't reporting on this: ROYAL OAK, Mich. - "Police in Royal Oak responded to a call Wednesday of one dog attacking another. This happened on the city's south side on Dallas Street. Officers said a pit bull-shepherd mix jumped a fence and attacked a Chihuahua in a neighbor's yard, killing the smaller dog." This is why all pit bulls need to be euthanized or shot or both.
lissa July 24, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Royal oak is a nice town but please .....its America crime is every where. Let's use common sense its not wise to leave valuables unattended .
Ronald Wolf July 24, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Sage advice Lissa. If people collectively used common sense there would a lot fewer incidents of vehicle break ins for one thing.


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