3 sought in theft of $1K in items from Detroit store

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

The three customers stared straight ahead as they walked past the store counter in northwest Detroit last week — toting an array of merchandise none had paid for.

Female suspect is described as an African-American, age 25-35, with long black hair and wearing a dark coat.

An indoor camera filmed their hasty exit, and authorities hope that footage leads to the trio wanted for the larceny reported April 4 in the 7000 block of W. Seven Mile.

The two men and a woman entered the business there at about 8:45 p.m., “loaded up bins with items and left the location without paying for them,” police said in a statement.

A brief video clip investigators released Thursday shows the female — described as an African-American, age 25-35, with long black hair and wearing a dark coat — starting to leave first. She is seen lifting a large blue container crammed with goods from a shopping basket behind another visitor at the store counter.

Male suspect described as 5-foot-9-inch tall African-American, aged 25-35, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and white-and-red shoes.

Without turning to look back, the woman swiftly walks around the man and toward the front door, followed immediately by her male companions.

One, described as a 5-foot-9-inch tall black male aged 25-35, appeared to carry a hand basket overloaded with items while wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and white-and-red shoes. The other man — also an African-American in the same age range, standing about 6 feet tall and wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans — rushed behind, lugging a host of items with both arms.

“The store employee advised the suspects to stop and they disregarded his request,” police said. “The merchandise taken was valued over $1,000.”

Anyone who recognizes the suspects or has information about their whereabouts is asked to call Detroit Police 12th Precinct detectives at (313) 596-1245 or (313) 596-1240. Anonymous tips can also be left through Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP or the DPD Connect app.

Male suspect described as 6 foot tall African-American, aged 25-35, and wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans.


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