Police: Robbery suspect leaves wallet behind

Candice Williams
DetroitNews-Unknown

A robbery suspect may have inadvertently helped Roseville police solve their case Sunday evening when he dropped his wallet at the scene.

According to police, the 40-year-old male suspect dropped the wallet around 6:25 p.m. at the Starbucks on Gratiot at Masonic after he allegedly grabbing a tip jar and ran from the store. Inside were numerous forms of identification, police said.

Prior to the alleged robbery, the man, who was wearing a blue puffy coat with red sleeves, loitered in the store for a few moments. He grabbed a tip jar that was sitting on the service counter and fled the store, police said.

“The store clerk witnessing the event began to scream that the suspect had just stolen the tip jar and a Starbucks patron pursued the now fleeing suspect out of the store,” police said in a release Monday. “The patron caught up to the suspect and was able to tackle him to the ground and wrestle the tip jar away from our would-be thief. Rather than risk further conflict the Good Samaritan allowed the suspect to leave the area, but once he did so he observed that the suspect had dropped a wallet.”

Roseville police detectives are obtaining a warrant for the suspect to charge him with larceny from a building, a four-year felony.

The suspect is known to frequent the area, police said.

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