Some cop uniforms taken in Detroit break-in found
Farmington Hills and Novi police and firefighter uniforms stolen early Friday during a break-in at a Detroit dry cleaning business have been found, officials said.
Some of the uniforms were found near Outer Drive and Lindsay Street in Detroit, Farmington Hills Police officials said. The site is about a mile-and-a-half from where they were taken.
Several pieces of clothing were found in plastic wrap or in nylon dry cleaning bags in various colors, officials said a statement Friday.
They also said they have confirmed all of the Farmington Hills Police Department uniforms have now been located.
Farmington Hills police said they are concerned the missing uniforms could be used to impersonate police officers or firefighters.
They urge anyone who comes into contact with questionable, uniformed personnel to ask to see their department ID cards or call 911 to verify their credentials.
Officials ask people to report any information about the break-in and theft to call the Detroit Police Department’s 8th Precinct at (313) 596-5801 or the Farmington Hills Police Department at (248) 871-2610.
Detroit Police officials said the uniforms were taken during a break-in at about 3:40 a.m. in the 19000 block of west McNichols Road near Outer Drive on the city's west side.
Officer Dan Donakowski, a Detroit Police Department spokesman, said investigators' preliminary investigation revealed that at least two suspects broke into A Perfect Cleaners by smashing the glass of its front door.
The suspects removed money from the business' cash registers and took the keys of the company's two white cargo vans that were parked nearby, Donakowski said.
"One of the vans contained police uniforms from the Farmington Hills and Novi Police departments," he said.
investigators are searching for the suspects, Donakowski said.
One of the cargo vans is a 2012 GMC Savana with a Michigan license plate numbered CE82871, he said. The other one is a 2016 Chevrolet Express with a Michigan license plate numbered DB46109.
Police don't have any specifics about the suspects or any surveillance video of the break-in, he said.