Suspect sought in phone theft at Detroit gas station
The suspect spent about 30 seconds standing behind the woman waiting at the Detroit gas station counter — sometimes walking to the door but never straying far.
Surveillance footage captured his every move inside the Marathon one evening this month — including snatching the woman’s iPhone out of her hand then running out to the parking lot.
Detroit police on Friday released a clip of the larceny on the city’s west side to help investigators find the man wanted in connection with the incident.
A camera outside the Marathon in the 16300 block of Fenkell showed the suspect leave a burgundy vehicle parked at a pump at about 7 p.m. May 6.
Once inside, he was filmed approaching a 32-year-old customer who had walked in to make a purchase.
After grabbing her cell phone, the suspect — who was wearing a stonewashed buttoned shirt, black T-shirt, dark shorts and white gym-shoes — raced through the exit and back to the car, which sped off.
Authorities described him as an African-American in his 20s, 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, with a medium-brown complexion.
Anyone who has any information is asked to call the Detroit Police Eighth Precinct Investigative Unit at (313) 596-5840 or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.