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Crime Report: $5,000 in Rugs Stolen from Fratz Consignment

The following arrest information was supplied by the Fenton Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Police are searching for suspects after owners reported two rugs valued at $5,000 missing from the store on Jan. 23.

Store officials said the two recently purchased blue and brown, abstract leafy patterned rugs were taken between Jan. 22 and Jan. 23

Chief Rick Aro said police have no suspects or witnesses.

Purses taken from vehicle

Two Crestmont Healthcare Center employees told police someone broke into a 2004 Buick Park Avenue while they were working and took two purses containing cash and credit cards between 11 p.m. Jan. 20 and 7 p.m. Jan. 21.

Aro said officers found a broken passenger side window and footprints in the snow leading away from the parking lot to a nearby condominium complex.

Police have no suspects, but are working on obtaining surveillance footage.

Business fraud

A Fenton business owner came into the Fenton Police Department Jan. 23 to make a complaint of a fraudulent business transaction.

Aro said the owner of , 220 North Alloy Drive, reported he had sold 500 cases of plastic grocery bags for more than $8,000 on Dec. 27. The payment was made with nine different Western Union money orders, he told police.  The bank told the man the money orders were fraudulent.

Fenton Police obtained the money orders, invoices and identification to the suspects business, which was found not to exist. Police found a similar case in Warren involving the same suspect.

Aro said the case has been turned over to detectives, who are investigating the incident.

For questions about this blotter, email Jason Alexander.

stephanie pytlowanyj January 25, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Two rugs valued at $5,000, and placed at a consignment store? That's something I certainly wouldn't have done.
Jason Alexander (Editor) January 25, 2012 at 07:45 PM
They may have even been outside. The report said they were on the east side of the building. It was unclear whether than meant outside or inside.
stephanie pytlowanyj January 25, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I doubt the owners would leave carpet worth $5,000 outside. The east side of the building is where I have previously pulled up to drop off a large consignment item (a shelf), I wonder if they didn't lock that door and someone went inside and stole the carpet. To me it sounds like someone familiar with the store did it because carpet is a large item to quietly steal.

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