3 sought in robbery at Detroit Family Dollar

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

What started out as a seemingly ordinary transaction at a Family Dollar on Detroit’s west side last month turned into the business losing boxes of cigarettes to thieves, city police say.

Surveillance footage that investigators released Wednesday shows a man buying an item late on Sept. 22 at the store on the 1900 block of Telegraph. After the cashier at the counter pulls a carton from a covered section, he is seen stepping behind her with a red grocery bin and lifting the enclosure.

The man “took several boxes of cigarettes from the shelf,” investigators said in a statement. The camera then captured two other men joining him — forcing the worker out of the way and filling containers with the goods.

Once they loaded up, the trio allegedly left in a silver Dodge Neon.

To generate tips from the public leading to arrests, authorities have released images of the three suspects.

The first is described as a bald African-American man with a light complexion and medium build. He wore a black-and-gray shirt with gray pants during the incident.

The second man is described as black and wearing a blue shirt and jeans. The third is also described as African-American. He was dressed in a black T-shirt and hat with dark pants.

Anyone who has seen them, knows their whereabouts or has information about the robbery is asked to call the Detroit Police Department’s Eighth Precinct Investigation Unit at (313) 596-5840.