A man who Ferndale police believe may be responsible for dozens of bike thefts in Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge and Hazel Park was arraigned on October 27 in Ferndale 43rd District Court. Police arrested David McArthur, 36, of Ferndale, on October 25. He is being held on a $10,000 cash bond and a 10% surety bond.
Police noticed an increase in bike thefts in recent weeks. McArthur has been arrested on bike theft charges in the past. When Ferndale officers saw him riding a bicycle on October 25 at East Nine Mile Road and West End Street, they pulled over to question him. McArthur was unable to explain to police where he’d gotten the bike, so they confiscated it and told him to bring proof that it was his up to the station.
Shortly thereafter, a report was made to Ferndale police about a stolen bicycle on Chestnut Street. Witnesses gave police a description of a man who matched McArthur’s description. Police tracked him back down at John R and Eight Mile Roads, where he confessed to that theft and several others. He has been charged with two counts of larceny of a bicycle and one count of larceny in a building, a felony that has a four-year jail term. He is expected in court for a pre-trial exam on November 4.