Clinton MI. Jan 23 2009
BY: Rick McCann
NTL. ASSOC. PRIVATE OFFICERS
Police arrested three men, two of them who were employees of a local K-Mart after they were all involved in a scheme to steal $4,000 worth of flat screen television sets from the store in Clinton Township.
Police said that Kmart security received information from store personnel that television sets were turning up missing from the store, located on Canal and Garfield roads.
Undercover loss prevention agents went to the store and set up surveillance on the electronics department.
Store security saw two store employees identified James William Early 22 and Julius Crumpler, both of Detroit, remove the television sets from the rear of the store and place them in a white Cadillac driven by Matthew Coleman 43 of Detroit, Detective Captain Richard Maierle said.
Loss prevention notified police and moments after Coleman left the store he was stopped by Clinton Township police Sgt. John Senske.
Maierle said police found a .40 caliber handgun in Crumpler’s jacket hanging up at work.
Julius Andraus Crumpler of Clinton Township was charged with embezzlement over $1,000 and conspiracy to embezzle more than $1,000; carrying a concealed handgun and carrying a weapon with unlawful intent. Each charge is a felony which carries a 5 year prison sentence.
Authorities also charged Early and Crumpler with two counts of embezzlement.
Police said that both employees had been working at the store for just two months.
Matthew Coleman, 43, also of Detroit, was charged with receiving and concealing items valued over $1,000 and conspiracy to embezzle, also felony charges that carry a five year sentence for each charge.