Flint Woman ‘Forced’ into theft from Versace store in Troy

TROY, MI – In a seemingly odd incident involving the theft of items from retail stores, including Versace, in Troy, a Flint woman makes some interesting claims after she initially provides police with a false name.

Troy Police officers responded to Versace located at 2801 W. Big Beaver Road on July 28th, 2017 at 8:25 PM on report of a retail fraud that had just been committed.

The Assistant Manager was able to stop one of the suspects who was escorted back to the store. The officers spoke with the suspect, a 25-year-old woman from Flint who gave a false name but later admitted to her true identity.

The Assistant Store Manager observed the suspect along with two unknown male suspects shopping in the store. The female suspect was assisting the male suspects in stealing $4,245 worth of merchandise by distracting a salesperson.

After exiting the store, the Assistant Manager was only able to locate the female suspect. Found in the woman’s possession was a shopping bag that contained merchandise believed to have been stolen from other businesses. The woman stated she did not know the two men who forced her to be a “duck” during their criminal activity.

The woman further stated the bag belonged to one of the men who forced her to carry it. The 25-year-old Flint woman was released pending further investigation.

It was later determined that the recovered $510 worth of merchandise was in-fact stolen earlier from the Fossil Store. The case will be submitted to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration.