Second suspect arraigned in Twelve Oaks smash-and-grab

The Detroit News

A second suspect has been arraigned in connection with a jewelry store robbery at Twelve Oaks that sent panicked customers running for the mall’s exits thinking there was a gunman inside.

Carlos Wilson, 26, of Detroit was arraigned Thursday before 52-1 District Court Judge David Law. He has been charged with three felonies: retail fraud, malicious destruction of property and larceny. If found guilty, Wilson could face up to 20 years in prison.

Wilson was given a $500,000 bond and lodged in the Oakland County Jail. His next court hearing is 9:15 a.m. Sept. 7.

Police say Wilson and two other men used a small hammer to smash a display case at Tapper’s Jewelry at about 5:20 p.m. Aug. 20. They took two watches before running out of the store and mall in Novi. Police say a fourth man was the getaway driver.

Earlier this week, Jamal Ritter, 26, of Detroit was arraigned before Magistrate Victor Zanolli in 52nd District Court. He’s charged with larceny from a person, first-degree retail fraud and malicious destruction of a building.

Ritter turned himself into Detroit Police and when Novi officers tried to take him into custody, he allegedly bit an officer and kicked out the windows of a Novi police squad car, police said.

Ritter was given a $300,000 bond and ordered to return to court for a probable cause hearing Wednesday.

Novi police are still looking for two other men they say are involved in the crime. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sgt. Scott Baetens at (248) 348-7100. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAKUP.