Defendant in Mount Clemens courtroom for traffic incident charged with larceny after phone stolen

Incident caught on courtroom cameras

Damon Perryman (WDIV)

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. - An Eastpointe man is being charged with larceny, a four-year felony, after he was accused of theft while in court on unrelated charges.  

On June 26, Damon Perryman was in the 16th Judicial Circuit Court, awaiting sentencing in front of Judge Carl Marlinga on charges stemming from a 2017 traffic stop incident.

While awaiting his turn in front of the judge, Perryman noticed an unattended cell phone on the bench in front of him, police said. 

Perryman allegedly sat down near the phone on the bench and placed his hat over the phone, according to police. Police said he then moved his hat to grab the phone and managed to put it in his pocket unnoticed.      

When the owner of the phone returned to grab it from the bench, he noticed it was missing and approached the courtroom deputy for assistance.

The courtroom deputy was able to pull the courtroom video feed, which provided a view of the courtroom and the phone being taken. 

“The audacity of this defendant is alarming. He is already in court, awaiting sentencing on multiple unrelated charges,” stated Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith. “And yet, he is captured on video breaking the law once again.”

Perryman was expected be arraigned Friday 1:15 p.m. at 41-B District Court, located in Clinton Township. 

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