6 arrested in theft of guns, phones at trade center

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Five minors and an adult were arrested Tuesday in connection with a string of Macomb County thefts, including cellphones and firearms stolen from the Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens.

The five juveniles and 18-year-old Detroit man were taken into custody on Clara in Mount Clemens after Macomb County Sheriff’s detectives responded to thefts Tuesday at two vendor sites inside the trade center at 237 North River Road.

“Deputies were first sent to the Gun Depot after the owner arrived at her business and found that numerous guns had been stolen from her business,” sheriff’s officials said in a statement. She told deputies the front door was ajar.

Surveillance footage showed a young male and a young female enter the store, take items and leave. The teens later were seen on footage returning to the business and stealing handguns and long guns.

The Gun Depot thefts occurred while the store was closed but the Gibraltar Trade Center was open, officials said.

While investigating the thefts, deputies were called to another vendor called the Cell Phone Shop, where cellphones were taken from a locked display. Surveillance footage showed individuals matching those seen inside the Gun Depot, officials said.

One of the alleged suspects was known to police, officials said. Investigators arrested the five juveniles on suspicion of theft at that suspect’s home.

Inside the home, officials found seven firearms believed to have been taken from the Gun Depot, along with ammunition, handgun magazines, 23 cellphones and jewelry. The items are believed to have been taken from the Gibraltar Trade Center and other Mount Clemens-area businesses.

Of the five juveniles arrested, two are 16-year-olds from Mount Clemens; one is 16 years old from Detroit; and one is 14 years old from Mount Clemens.

Also arrested was an 18-year-old Detroit man who had outstanding warrants, officials said. Authorities are still searching for a 16-year-old Mount Clemens teen suspected of participating in the thefts.

None of the suspects were identified Wednesday, pending charges. The juveniles were sent to the Macomb County Justice Center.


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