Southfield liquor store thieves snatch ATM, cigarettes

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

Police are looking for four brazen thieves who broke into a Southfield liquor store by tearing off its door with a chain and took the ATM and more than two dozen cartons of cigarettes.

During the incident, one of the suspects removed his mask and police are hoping someone from the public can help identify the man.

The break-in happened around 5:09 a.m. on Thursday at the Suburban Liquor Shoppe at 29085 Evergreen, Southfield Police Lt. Ted Goff said.

When officers arrived in response to a burglar alarm, they found the front door had been forced open and the ATM and 25 cartons of cigarettes had been stolen.

Goff said the suspects connected a chain to the front door and to the rear of a stolen vehicle and then used the car to force the door open.

The vehicle had been stolen earlier in Farmington Hills and has not been recovered.

The store’s security video shows each suspect was wearing dark clothing, gloves and a mask. During the incident, one of the suspects removed his mask.

“It is hoped that someone may recognize him,” Goff said.

The suspects connected a chain to the front door and to the rear of the stolen vehicle, and then used the vehicle to force the door open.

This is the third break-in of this type in Southfield in recent weeks, Goff said.

The first incident was June 25 at the Sutton Market at 23165 Lahser. The second incident was July 6 at the Foodland at 18800 W. Eight Mile. All three break-ins had four suspects, Goff said.

“Based upon the similar circumstances, it is believed the same group of suspects is responsible for each of the Southfield incidents,” Goff said.

Several similar incidents have been reported in neighboring jurisdictions, Goff said. Southfield detectives are working with the investigators from the other agencies to try to identify anyone involved in these incidents.

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5500.

JChambers@detroitnews.com