Sterling Heights man faces assault and theft charges in Home Depot attack www.privateofficer.com
MADISON HEIGHTS MI June 20 2012 – A Sterling Heights man faces assault and theft charges after police say he stole a powered hammer drill, tried to return it for cash without leaving the store, and attacked a security guard.
Argyris, 23, was arraigned Tuesday in Madison Heights 43rd District Court and jailed on $5,500 cash bond. The incident happened about 6 p.m. Saturday at the Home Depot store at 660 W. 12 Mile Road.
Police said the suspect entered the store and went to the power tool section where he selected a hammer drill worth about $229.
“He then walked to another part of the store and picked up a pair of scissors,” said Madison Heights Police Lt. Corey Haines. “He used the scissors to cut the sensor tag off the drill.” When the suspect cut the sensor off it started making an alert noise and the suspect walked away with the power tool, Haines added.
Police said Argyris then walked to the garden center area of the store where an employee asked if he could help the suspect.
“The suspect asked the employee if he could return the hammer drill without a receipt,” Haines said. “The employee told him he couldn’t and the suspect walked out of the store with the tool without paying for it.”
A Home Depot security guard stopped the suspect and identified himself.
“The suspect responded by grabbing the security officer by the throat,” Haines said.