Five Apple iPhone 5's were stolen from the The Genoa Township Sprint store on Oct. 10.
Police said the alarm went off and that the back door had been pried open. The draws to the displays in the front of the building had been opened as well.
The store manager told police that all the doors had been locked along with the drawers containing cell phones when he closed the store.
Another store employee told police he remembered a man coming into the store and asking questions about the new iPhone on Oct. 8. The man did not buy a phone, but did ask if there was an easier way to get to the rest area located between the plaza and the freeway besides walking down the ramp.
The phones were valued at $750 each.
Man conceals Meijer merchandise in overalls
A 20-year-old Howell man was arrested on retail fraud charges on Oct. 8 at the Genoa Township Meijer, according to a police report.
Police said a Meijer Loss Prevention employee saw the man conceal painting packets, brushes and toothpaste in his overalls, then zip his jacket to cover the items and walk past all registers without paying.
The man told police he did not think he had enough money to pay for the items, the report said.
Men caught in Walmart crime spree
Three men were arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit retail fraud, attempted retail fraud and possession of burglary tools on Oct. 8 at the Genoa Township Walmart, according to a police report.
Police noticed a gray car parked at Lowe's facing the entrance to Walmart with the driver on a cell phone while patrolling in the early morning, the report said. Because of recent early morning retail frauds, a deputy followed as the car left, went to McDonald's, returned to Walmart, left and returned again.
Police issued a traffic stop and found one of the men, a 36-year-old from Redford Township, hiding in the bushes near Bob Evan's. According to the report, the man hid Frontiersman Bear Attack Deterrent Spray and a circular lock pick device in the bushes.
Police said the driver, a 35-year-old Redford Township man, told them he purchased items from Walmart with $100 bill in order to get change for the McDonald's drive-thru, but the receipt showed that he had paid with a $20 bill and the man did not have a $100 on him.
The third man was a 33-year-old from Ecorse.
Police found a duffel bag filled with bolt cutters, another circular lock picking device, pepper spray, gloves, a flashlight, a bent coat hanger and other miscellaneous tools.
One of the men claimed the bag and told police that he works on small electronics and the tools in the duffel bag were his work tools, according to the report.
A Walmart Loss Prevention employee told police that Walmart stores accross Southeastern Michigan have been hit hard - taking thousands of dollars in electronics - by suspects driving a dark gray car, similar to what the men where driving, the report said.
The Loss Prevention employee told police that he located the men on camera in the store from earlier in the day and they appeared to be casing the store.
The employee also told police that he believe these were the same men who hit the Howell Walmart in February for about $6,500.