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UPS driver target of alleged robbery

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February 23, 2011 - The parking lot of Oxford Elementary School (109 Pontiac St.) is normally a quiet place where parents drop off and pick up their children on a daily basis.

But on Feb. 18, it became the scene of an arrest as Oxford Village Police busted a man who allegedly tried to rob a UPS delivery driver of a package containing five cell phones worth a total of $1,000.

Quentin Romel Dickinson, 20, of Pontiac, is facing one count of unarmed robbery, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

He was arraigned Feb. 19 in Rochester Hills 52-3 District Court and is currently being held in the Oakland County Jail in lieu of posting 10 percent of a $10,000 bond.

According to the police report, a UPS driver was attempting to deliver a package to the home at 82 Pontiac St. when Dickinson approached him, flashed a license, stated his name was Clarence and indicated he wanted the package meant for the home.

The UPS driver informed Dickinson he would release the package to him if he entered the premises.

Dickinson reportedly went onto the porch and knocked on the door.

Dickinson then returned to the UPS truck and allegedly assaulted the driver by striking him in the chest with his hands, knocking the package to the ground.

Dickinson allegedly attempted to take the package, but the UPS driver was able to regain custody of it.

Dickinson then ran off, according to the report.

When the village officer arrived, he spotted Dickinson running across the OES parking lot and was able to apprehend him.

The UPS driver pulled into the OES parking lot as the officer was bringing a handcuffed Dickinson to his feet, exited his truck and exclaimed, "That's him."

Further investigation revealed the package was sent by Sprint to a recipient identified as Clarence Douglas of C&C Carpet Cleaning. The package contained five Sprint 4G cell phones valued at $199.99 each.

Village police contacted one of the owners of C&C Carpet Cleaning, the listed address of which is 82 Pontiac St.

The owner indicated there was no one named Clarence Douglas associated with the company and the business had not ordered the cell phones in question.

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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