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Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 7:33 a.m.

U-M student confronts wallet thief in library

By Paula Gardner

A University of Michigan student who'd just discovered her wallet missing Friday night noticed that a man standing nearby was holding it - and she demanded that he give it back.

The incident was reported at about 7 p.m. Friday at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library on Central Campus in Ann Arbor.

The woman told police she'd left her wallet in a locked carrel for about 5 minutes. When she returned, she found the door open and her wallet missing.

But the suspect was standing nearby - and he denied having the wallet. However, she noticed it in his hands and she grabbed it.

He walked away, and police said they were unable to locate him when they searched the building.

He was described as a Middle Eastern male, 5'8" to 5'10", wearing a black-cloth turban on his head, blue jacket, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, and carrying a black backpack.

A man with a similar description was suggested as a possible suspect in the theft of a cell phone and wallet about 90 minutes later at the Shapiro undergraduate library.



Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 12:19 p.m.

Pepper spray next time!


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 4:40 p.m.

Again, do we HAVE to keep posting suspect descriptions? I thought UM was making sure we didn't do that anymore as it is unfair.

Cindy Heflin

Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 4:46 p.m.

There was a meeting at which concerns about descriptions were aired, but no change in policy. We post descriptions when they are complete enough to provide some useful information. We do not use racial descriptions when there is no other identifying information about the suspect.


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 2:58 p.m.

Lucky for the thief that the lady was a pacifist!


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 7:47 p.m.

nah odds are very good considering the location that the victims found there would be..


Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 5:48 p.m.

but but the campus is a crime free utopia... lucky for this lady this thief was apparently a pacifist..


Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 4:17 p.m.

I wouldn't be surprised if the suspect is one of the same. Congrats to the student grabbing her wallet back, without a struggle. The fact that the suspect just walked away ia a + for her. I feel sure the Police will find him soon.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 2:35 p.m.

The carrels in grad library are kind of isolated. I'm surprised she took the chance to grab her wallet. Glad she's still around. Be careful out there.