Two men with long criminal histories face new charges for recent crimes that occurred in Bloomfield Township, police said.
Rodney Byrd, 41, is charged with a felony count of retail fraud for allegedly taking a set of sheets from the Home Goods store on Tuesday, according to report from the Bloomfield Township Police Department. Officers responded to the store after employees called about a shoplifting in progress, and upon arrival found a store security guard following Byrd outside the store. Officers confronted Byrd, who identified himself and admitted to stealing the sheets, valued at roughly $300, reports said.
They arrested him without incident and booked him police headquarters, where they discovered he was wanted by the Michigan Department of Corrections from violating parole.
Byrd, of Pontiac, has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1988 that includes convictions for fraud, assault, escaping from prison and armed robbery, prison records show. He served more than the minimum nine-year sentence received for an armed robbery conviction in 2000, but his release date was not noted on the MDOC website. He absconded from his parole in June.
Police reports said the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force also sought Byrd for a probation violation related to a bank robbery. Further details were unavailable.
Byrd remains at the Oakland County Jail on $50,000 bond, and a court date is peding.
Man Caught With Stolen Mail
Bloomfield Township Police responded to a call about a man walking in the middle of the road in the area of Franklin and Lone Pine on Nov. 30 and attempted to check his welfare, reports said.
Officers located the man and discovered he had stolen mail from several homes in Bloomfield Township in his possession. Police said mail is the main source of information used for the purposes of identity theft.
They arrested Timothy Borrie, 29, without incident and found that he was wanted for violating his parole with the Michigan Department of Corrections. He was convicted of home invasion-second degree in 2007.
Jail records show he was charged with larceny and remains at the Oakland County Jail on $100,000 bond. A court date is pending.