Media coverage helps Waterford officer recover wallet

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Media coverage paid off in the case of an off-duty police officer whose wallet with his badge and police ID were swiped from the counter of a Waterford Township business, police say.

Police said Wednesday a suspect had been identified after security-camera footage showed a man allegedly taking the wallet the officer left on the counter at Lakeways Market on Pontiac Lake Road on Friday.

The off-duty officer on Friday realized he forgot his wallet and returned to the store, but was unable to find it.

Police are crediting the media for the recovery of the wallet and its contents, including driver’s license, police ID and badge, saying the coverage helped identify a person.

Police interviewed the man and will present the case to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for review, they said.

“As a direct result of the media coverage for this incident, Waterford Police investigators have identified and interviewed the suspect in this incident,” said Jeff James, deputy chief of police in a statement.