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Posted on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 6:19 p.m.

Man armed with knife attempts to steal $1,500 in clothes from Sears

By Kyle Feldscher

Editor's note: The word hanger has been corrected in the story.

A man wielding a knife attempted to steal about $1,500 in clothes Friday from Sears before dropping the items and escaping, according to police.

Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said the man walked into the store, 900 Briarwood Circle, and began collecting racks of clothing at about 7:30 p.m. Friday. Loss prevention officers from the store were observing the man grabbing shirts and shorts by the handful and placing them on a rack near the store’s exit, Bush said.

The man then grabbed the clothing, some of which was still on hangers, and left the building without attempting to pay, Bush said.

One of the loss prevention officers approached the man as he was walking out of the store and ordered him to drop the clothing, Bush said. The man dropped the clothes in the parking lot and continued to walk away, she said.

The loss prevention officer ran after the man as he started to sprint, and he ordered him to stop, Bush said. The man turned around and pulled a knife from his pocket, causing the loss prevention officer to give up the chase, Bush said.

The man ran to a nearby gas station, where he got into a car and escaped, Bush said.

The man is described as white, with straight brown hair, a goatee and mustache, fair complexion, thin, between 5-feet-8 inches and six feet tall and weighing about 140 pounds. The car was described as a late-1990s green Mercury Sable, Bush said.

All of the clothing was recovered, Bush said.

Police are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to call the Ann Arbor police anonymous tip line at 734-794-6939.

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Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 4:38 a.m.

That's not a knife..this is a knife


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 2:22 p.m.

Might be some tools stolen from Saks today


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 5:55 p.m.

or a tool stealing from Saks? lol you're funny

Dog Guy

Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 4:15 a.m.

A guy with a goatee and mustache would look dapper in a searssucker suit.

Paul Kersey

Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 3:52 a.m.

Stealing clothes from Sears? There is no accounting for the taste in some.....


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 3:21 a.m.

Good Job Officer on giving up the chase. Glad to hear the clothing was dropped. One stupid act by the suspect.

Wolf's Bane

Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 1:43 a.m.

So, which is it? Was he 5'8 or 6'0 tall? Or both, making him 11'8 tall. MEH! "...between 5-feet-8 inches and six feet tall and weighing about 140 pounds. "


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 11:48 p.m.

Running with a knife? He could have put his eye out! At least he heeded the "no guns" signs at Briarwood. If you go to Briarwood to shop, at least you know everyone's defenseless... until....


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 11:01 p.m.

The map appears to just show the UM Golf Course....


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 5:54 p.m.

Any chance this guy was trying to get some new golf apparel?


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 10:59 a.m.

Yes, you need to scroll down to find Briarwood. Actually, Sears is right around G (just a bit to the East of it). Not sure why all the other letters are on there.

Ann English

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 11:54 p.m.

So you saw what I saw. I did use the down arrow to see if Briarwood Mall came into sight, and it did. A shows where Sears is, and H shows where the shoplifter probably drove away.