TROY, MI – Two men were arrested on Friday September 22nd, 2017, at about 9:00PM, after they tried to purchase an iPhone with fake cash from a seller off of Facebook.
While a Troy Police Officer was in the parking lot of the Starbucks located at 1921 E. Big Beaver Road, they saw two subject’s running out of the business with a male and female subject chasing after them, yelling that their iPhone had just been stolen.
The officer chased after the subjects who entered a blue 2001 Buick Park Avenue. The officer ordered the subjects out of the vehicle to which they complied. They were secured into handcuffs until the officer’s investigation was concluded.
The officer spoke with the victim who indicated he had placed an ad on a Facebook Marketplace App, attempting to sell an iPhone for $1,200. The victim received a message from one of the suspect’s and they agreed to meet at the Starbucks in Troy to complete the purchase.
The two suspects arrived and one, a 24 year old man from Southfield, gave the victim an envelope containing twelve $100 bills and took the phone from the victim. The victim took the phone back until he could inspect the money. The victim marked the currency with a counterfeit pen and noted that the ink indicated the bills were not real. The suspect grabbed the phone back and took off running with the second suspect, a 26 year old man from Sterling Heights.
The two suspects were arrested by the officer and while searching the suspects vehicle, the officer located three pills bottles in the center console that contained 30 Doxazosin Mesylate pills, 7 Cyclobenzaprine Hydrochloride pills, and 30 Zomig-ZMT pills that the 26 year old male indicated he had prescriptions for them but there were no labels attached to the pills bottles. He was arrested and charged with Strong-Armed Robbery and Illegal Possession of Synthetic Narcotics.
The 24 year old suspect was arrested as well and charged with Strong-Armed Robbery and Passing of a Counterfeit Object.