BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP (WWJ) – A 45-year-old Detroit man is behind bars for felony retail fraud, charged in the theft of $600 worth of condoms.
According to Bloomfield Township Police, an officer on Monday was conducting a patrol at a Rite Aid, on Woodward Ave. at Square Lake, where a rash of thefts had been reported just a couple of days prior.
That’s when then officer spotted a Rite Aid employee “frantically pointing” at a man who was quickly walking away from the store. When the officers got out of his car to talk to the man, he fled.
A foot pursuit ensued and the subject was eventually apprehended without any further incident.
Police said the suspect, James Clark, had a number of personal hygiene products on his person that were determined to be stolen from the Rite Aid.
Further investigation revealed that Clark, on Nov. 16 and 17, had stolen multiple boxes of condoms, totaling approximately $600, from the same store.
According to police, Clark was a current parole absconder from the Michigan Department of Corrections. His criminal history includes a number or prior convictions for retail fraud and he had multiple active warrants from other departments.
Clark is being held on $50,000 bond at the Oakland County Jail following an arraignment in 48th District Court.