Woman charged with stealing Ulta beauty store
Two women are facing felony shoplifting charges for stealing dozens of products from the Ulta Beauty store at 27844 Woodward Avenue on December 23.
Police say the same store was targeted 10 days ago by five masked women, who fled after stealing about $7,000 worth of perfume and cologne in minutes.
Royal Oak Police Lt. Albert Carter said police are continuing work to determine whether the two women in the December 23 robbery are related to previous momentary thefts.
The driver who was with the two women was arrested, but no charges were filed against her at Royal Oak.
The indicted were Tiara Judge, 28, of Grand Rapids, and Jasmine Phillips, 24, of Wyoming, Michigan. They have posted bail and will be returned to Royal Oak 44th District Court before Judge Derek Meinecke at 9:45 am. Each woman has been charged with first-degree shoplifting, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Judge and Phillips quickly loaded perfume and cologne from shelves into baskets, just as the female crew did on December 13, Carter said.
“Other Ulta stores have been hit hard by these typically large groups of women,” says Carter.
The two suspects on Dec. 23 are also believed to have been involved in thefts at Ulta stores in Troy, Rochester Hills, Orion Township and Shelby Township, he added.
Royal Oak Police, working with Shelby Township police, arrested the suspect after being briefed on the getaway vehicle, police said.
Similar types of flash mob thefts have occurred at other Ulta stores in faraway states such as Illinois and Georgia.
Michigan’s Royal Oak Police Department said it believed several women from the west side of the state were involved in such thefts.
A man who was recording a big brawl is attacked
A Madison Heights man, 22, has been charged with assaulting a Farmington Hills man, 22. He used his mobile phone to record a video of a large-scale fight that occurred downtown.
At approximately 12:45 a.m. on December 23, someone called the police about a large-scale brawl in the parking lot behind 526 Main Street near Sixth Avenue.
Police showed up and found several young men fighting.
One of them was bleeding from his nose, and police said he was punched in the face by a man from Farmington Hills for recording the fight.
“The suspect took the victim’s mobile phone and threw it onto the railroad tracks,” Royal Oak Police Lt. Albert Carter said.
The men involved in the fight had just been escorted from nearby O’Toole’s bar.
Police Recover Royal Oak Man’s Stolen Van
On Monday, Royal Oak Police found a van reportedly stolen from its owner in Royal Oak on December 27.
Police say the 2017 Toyota Sienna was locked when it was removed from its owner’s driveway on the 1900 block of Guthrie Avenue. Someone broke the window of the van and entered the vehicle.
The van was left behind at Hazel Park and recovered.
Police said there were no suspects, but they were processing the vehicle for fingerprints and other evidence.
Clawson Man Banned From Bar Arrested
A 40-year-old Clawson man who was barred from the Royal Inn’s bar at 4724 Rochester Road was arrested after returning there on December 28.
After getting into trouble with another customer on November 27, the bar banned the man.
But when Clawson’s man returned, a bar employee called police last Wednesday.
Clawson’s man left before police arrived, but officers found him walking down the 14 Mile Road and was arrested for trespassing, a misdemeanor.
Target unlocked vehicle
On December 27, a $250 car radio and other items were stolen from three unlocked cars.
The radio was filmed from a car at Block 1800 on East 10 Mile Road.
Others stole CDs, coins, and papers from a vehicle parked at Block 1900 on East 10 Mile Road.
Earlier the same morning, change was reported stolen from a car parked on the 1700 block of Guthrie Avenue.
The windows of the Porsche and Saturn parked in the bar’s parking lot were smashed.
The vehicle was parked outside Ye Olde Saloon at 1041 S. Main Street. Two incidents he was called to the police at 11:55 pm on December 22nd.
It is expected to cost $400 to replace a broken window in a Porsche.
-Mike McConnell, Tribune Staff Writer