Over and out: Police make quick catch of alleged radio thief

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE – Police caught a resident shortly after he allegedly attempted to steal a radio from a semitruck at Melvindale Market, 17973 Allen Road.

Donald Little, 47, was found by Patrolman John Thompson just before 2 a.m. Monday as he was walking away from a white semitruck while carrying portable electronic equipment. He said he worked at a truck driving school in Allen Park and the items belonged to his boss.

When questioned by an officer he said he denied taking the equipment.

After another officer arrived on site, the responding officer observed the truck’s driver’s side door was open and the citizens band radio was missing. Cut wires inside the truck matched the wires on the equipment Little was carrying.

Police then arrested Little and found he was carrying a small black pouch attached to his belt that contained a screwdriver, pliers and wire cutters.

The police dispatch officer was able to reach the truck’s owner, who said he had taken it to a repair shop for maintenance. The owner said he neither knew Little nor give him permission to be in the truck or have the equipment.

The driver’s-side window had been smashed to gain entry, and Little had a cut on his right forearm.

The truck’s ignition interface was damaged where it was started without a key.

Little, who holds a commercial driver’s license, was arraigned by Judge John Courtright in 24th District Court Tuesday following the man’s larceny arrest.

Bond was set at $20,000. He did not post bail. He remains in the Wayne County Jail awaiting his 9 a.m. preliminary exam on May 17.

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