Police: Man tried to steal marijuana from caregiver

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Commerce Township – — A 33-year-old Sterling Heights man is in custody and expected to be charged in the attempted theft of marijuana from a state-licensed caregiver Sunday night.

Oakland County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a breaking and entering in the 3200 block of Haggerty Road. The owner, a medical marijuana caregiver, grows plants in the business for patients. He told deputies he was at home about 11:30 p.m. when he saw someone on his security camera breaking into the building, setting off a building alarm.

Deputies found a hole had been cut in the garage door and a van without a license plate was backed up to the garage. Inside the van was a large garbage bag of marijuana.

The van had been blocked in by a car owned by an employee of the business.

Officers impounded the van and searched the area with a K-9 tracking dog. About 3 a.m., police in Keego Harbor and West Bloomfield Township informed deputies they had the 33-year-old suspect in custody.

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