Alleged wallet thief caught after hopping bus to get away, police say

Jasmin Barmore
The Detroit News

Chesterfield Township — Police say a 67-year-old man who allegedly stole a wallet out of a woman's purse at a department store didn't get far — his getaway vehicle was a SMART bus. 

The Detroit man was arrested Monday afternoon after the theft of a 75-year-old woman's wallet at a Kohl’s department store. Investigators said the suspect was identified through the store’s surveillance camera’s by Kohl’s loss prevention personnel.

Chesterfield Township Police were dispatched to the Kohl’s location at 50500 Gratiot Ave. about 1:51 p.m. in response to a reported strong-arm robbery. The suspect ran southbound on Gratiot Ave and hopped on a bus, police said.

Police called SMART bus dispatch and asked them to stop the vehicle in Mt. Clemens. Chesterfield Township police along with the Macomb County sheriff's deputies arrested the suspect when he got off the bus. 

Officers recovered the stolen property and returned it to the victim.

The suspect will remain in police custody at the Macomb County Jail until his arraignment, officials said.