Security director for Oakland Mall in police custody

By Lauren Podell - Reporter

TROY, Mich. -

Local 4 has learned that the security director for Oakland Mall is in police custody.

Troy police confirm that the director was arrested Monday.

Local 4 has learned the man is suspected of taking money out of a cash register in the mall.

He works for Prudential Security, which has offices in Taylor and Southfield.

The company's attorney said the man has an extensive security background with the US Army and General Motors -- with no criminal history.

Statement from Prudential Security

Prudential Security provides security services to Oakland Mall in Troy, Mich., and employs the security manager who was accused of theft at Oakland Mall. 

First and most importantly, we would like to stress that this is an internal matter that does not and will not impact the safety and security of shoppers or staff at Oakland Mall. At no time were Oakland Mall patrons or employees in harm's way. Oakland Mall is a family-friendly and safe place to shop. This was an isolated, internal incident. 

While monitoring security footage, a Prudential Security employee witnessed the alleged theft in progress and contacted the Troy Police Department who subsequently arrested the suspect. The suspect has been terminated by Prudential Security. 

At Prudential Security, our officers undergo rigorous screening and training. The individual in question underwent and passed multiple background checks and screenings at the state and federal level.

 We are looking into the details of the incident and cooperating fully with law enforcement. We cannot provide more information at this time because the Troy Police Department is currently investigating the incident. 

We strive to provide the best service and support to our customers and the patrons within the facilities we serve.

Prudential Security is based in Taylor, Mich., and serves customers across the United States.

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