CLINTON TWP, Mich. (WJBK) - A thief in Clinton Township thought he had it all figured out: knock off the K-Mart jewelry section and get away scot-free. Maybe he should have gotten a bit more rest.
The wannabe criminal was inside the K-Mart store and took a nap while he waited for the store to close up shop.
When they locked the doors in August, he made his move and grabbed $100,000 worth of jewelry by the handful.
"[He] loaded it into a black bag and then took it out the garden side door. Went to a getaway car that was waiting just a short distance away," Det. Joseph Burns said.
Police said he arrived at the store the night before and then - he wasn't visible until 5 a.m. the the next day. What was he doing? Taking a nap.
"He actually slept in the store in the clothing rack," Burns said.
Since that August day, a lot has changed. The K-Mart at Groesbeck and 15 Mile is now closed and vacant. But the case is still open.
K-Mart is still out $100,000 so the company's loss prevention spent hours combing through video to find the guy. When they did, they handed it over tot he Clinton Township Police. They'd been building a case against him with the help of an informant.
The jewelry was gone - about a thousand miles away.
"The suspect had actually taken the jewelry and pawned it in Florida," Burns said.
But - the cops didn't rest and they now have enough to charge Patrick Duty with the crime. He's been hit with a 10 year felony charge.
And police hope they will be able to close a couple more cases thanks to this well rested, habitual offender.