Crime Blotter: Police Sniff Out Suspected Perfume Thief
Police investigate a slew of larcenies, from fragrance to condoms, in mid-May. The following arrest information was supplied by the police department. It does not indicate a conviction.
Something Smells Foul in Store
At about 2:30 p.m., the loss prevention officer at the 23 Mile and Gratiot store told police a woman stuffed fragrances in her purse and then headed into the bathroom.
When the police officer arrived and spoke to the woman, she denied taking the bottles. But, as she complied to the officer's request to see inside her purse, a perfume bottle fell to the ground, police said.
The stolen items—with a total value of $127.09—were Sean John—I Am King and two Dolce & Gabbana fragrances, police said. The woman was placed under arrest on suspicion of retail fraud theft and released from custody soon after.
A Trojan Invasion
A minor accused of attempting to steal a condom May 19 from Meijer on 23 Mile and Gratiot was ordered to return the unopened item, police said.
At approximately 9:30 p.m., police arrived at the store where loss prevention officers say a minor opened a Trojan condom box, removed a sole condom and concealed it in his jacket. He hung the box back on the shelf and proceeded to leave the store without paying for it, police said.
The minor's parents were called to the store, which did not wish to press charges. The suspect was released in his parents' care.
Sticker Switching Shopper Suddenly Sick
A Meijer shopper switched price tags on sporting good merchandise May 16 to pay about $180 less than the item's worth, police said.
After changing stickers on a tent worth $19.99 and one marked $199.99 tent and then buying the latter one for cheap, the suspect was stopped by the store's loss preventions officer. Suddenly the male shopper said he was experiencing breathing problems and was transported to Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center for examination. He admitted to switching the sticker prices, police said.
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