Alleged Clothing Crooks Strike Warren
Robbers Striking During The Day
POSTED: Wednesday, April 8, 2009
UPDATED: 9:02 am EDT April 9, 2009
WARREN, Mich. -- A duo of robbers on the loose in one metro Detroit community is not only after wallets and cash, but also their victims' clothing.In one 911 call, a 16-year-old boy says he's just been robbed while walking by Altermatt Park in Warren."Yes, and they took my pants," the victim told the operator. "He had long hair and said I can't look at his face or he'll kill me."The teen tells the operator he was instructed to strip down behind a playscape in the park before the thief took off with his pants, shirt and cell phone. The teen also said the man had a short knife.Police said they believe five people have been targeted by the robbers, but not all five of them have been forced to hand over their pants. Police said the commonality between all of the incidents were that the victims were all simply walking in Warren during the day."This appears to be a recent phenomenon," said Warren police Detective Mark Christian. Christian said he's never heard of thieves swiping pants but has an idea why."The pants are being taken, we believe, to either prevent the victim from pursuing the suspects once the robberies occur, or to simply further embarrass the victim," he said.Police said the thieves don't seem to be targeting their victims based on the type of pants they are wearing.Christian said Tuesday was the last reported incident where a robbery victim had his pants taken, too.
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