Robert Yono

Robert Yono (Photo: Wayne County Prosecutor's Office)

West Bloomfield Man Charged In Organized Retail Crime Scheme

September 19, 2018 - 2:12 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A West Bloomfield man is facing felony charges for his alleged involvement in a retail fraud scheme.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday that 37-year-old Robert Yono conducted an organized crime operation out of a liquor store on W. Seven Mile Rd. in Detroit.

It's alleged that Yono would request certain items to be stolen from various stores around metro Detroit -- including Walmart, CVS and Rite Aid -- then paying thieves for the stolen goods and reselling them. 

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Yono with the following: One count of Conducting a Criminal Enterprise; five counts of Organized Retail Crime; five counts of Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property, $1,000 but less than $20,000; and three counts of Food Stamp Fraud, $250 - $1,000. 

It's unclear at this time if any suspect have been arrested in connection with the thefts themselves. 

Yono was ordered held on a $25,000 cash/surety bond at an arraignment Wednesday in 36th District Court. He will be back in court for a probable cause conference on Sept. 16 and a preliminary ecam on Oct. 1, before Judge Kenneth King.