Tracking down a suspected purse-snatcher led police to stolen GPS devices Tuesday in Chesterfield Township.
Andrew Oland, 21 of Chesterfield, was arraigned Wednesday in 42-2 District Court in New Baltimore on charges of larceny from person, a 10-year felony, and possession of a stolen credit card, a four-year felony, according to Detective Sgt. Deron Myers.
Oland was lodged in Macomb County Jail in Mt. Clemens in lieu of a $5,000 cash bond.
The charges stem from around noon Monday when a 33-year-old Chesterfield woman reported to police that her purse was snatched from her cart inside Meijer at 23 Mile and Gratiot. The woman said she was in the produce section picking out food when she discovered her purse missing, Myers said in a news release.
The store's loss prevention team found video footage of the suspect taking the purse and running to the parking lot. He got into a two-tone maroon and beige Ford Explorer "with a uniquely mismatched white hood." Officers searched the area, but were unable to find the man, he said.
However, around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, an officer was on patrol when he saw an Explorer matching that description at the 7-Eleven at 23 Mile and Callens. Police stopped the vehicle at 23 Mile and Adele, finding the woman's purse in the back seat. They also found several GPS units in the vehicle. Oland admitted to stealing the purse and told officers he had been stealing the GPS units from vehicles for several weeks in the 24 Mile and Sass area, police said.
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