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Posted on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 : 7:43 p.m.

Man arrested after taking cellphone and iPod to settle $20 drug debt

By Paula Gardner

A 22-year-old Ypsilanti man tried to settle a drug debt Tuesday morning by taking a phone and iPod from his customer - but police found him a few hours later and arrested him for strong-armed robbery.

According to a release from the Ypsilanti Police Department, the pair were in the 200 block of Pearl street at about 10 a.m. when the suspect spotted the 22-year-old victim.

The victim owed him $20 for a previous drug deal - and he also had the phone and iPod.

The suspect took them amid some threats that he'd hurt the victim if he didn't hand them over. However, no one was hurt, according to the report.

The victim called police, and a few hours later the suspect was spotted near downtown - and he was carrying the stolen items.

The man, an Ypsilanti Township resident, was taken to the Washtenaw County Jail and booked on the strong-armed robbery charge, police said.

The property was recovered.



Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 12:12 a.m.

An iPod is worth more than a $20 dollar drug debt. He took more than he was owed; a robbery. Throw his ignorant butt in the slammer. He was counting on the victim not reporting it. I am glad the victim did...knocked that drug dealer down a couple of notches. Hey stupid drug dealer, if your reading this, next time use a collection agency.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 4:51 p.m.

Wow crime stories these days have really become very tame compared to what we used to hear about. A $20 drug deal and theft of a phone and iPod with no physical altercation? You would think at least a gun would be involved if it cracks the news. The Police did the right thing in all of this by getting the man his iPod and phone back, and the thief was obviously not too afraid of evading the police if he was still in the area after clearly robbing someone.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 4:31 p.m.

Well, it's not a crime to take and keep money that was involved in a drug deal in Washtenaw County. However it is a crime to try to collect a drug debt by means of force, or threat of violence. Remember folks, that it's an illegal act to even try to sell controlled substances. The drug dealers should never loan anything unless they are willing to forfeit it.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 2:28 p.m.

I hope whatever happens next was worth not paying the guy his $20 or the ipod, but I doubt it.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 5:35 a.m.

@ john doe, couldn't agree with you more. Great comment!


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 2:10 a.m.

With literally 10s of millions of Americans living the Republican Success Story, it's utterly dumbfounding that these two young men have chosen such a lowly life of crime. (Oh wait, the Republican Success Story involves getting a great job, getting married to someone of the opposite sex, starting a family, buying a house and then losing it all when the next Wall Street scam collapses our economy.)

john doe

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 12:46 a.m.

Man all these articles about drug deals gone bad.... Let me say that police shouldnt even respond to these types of crimes because if the person wasnt buying drugs and in debt for drugs than the ipod and phone would never have been taken. When you involve yourself in illegal activity such as drugs you forfeit a little bit of your rights... Arrest both the drug buyer and seller.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 8:31 p.m.

No, actually, don't forfeit your rights.