WATERFORD (WWJ) – Police in Waterford are looking to identify a group of burglars who broke into a pawn store and made off with several long guns before fleeing the area.
Chief Dan McCaw said the break in happened just before 3 a.m. Tuesday Mega Pawn Guns and More on Dixie Highway, near Sashabaw Road.
McCaw said officers responded to the pawn shop after a concerned citizen called police, saying he observed two subjects running away from the business wearing dark clothing. When officers arrived at the business, McCaw said they observed that a red Jeep Cherokee had been crashed into the building.
Review of video surveillance systems from the pawn shop and surrounding businesses show a full-size, red Dodge pickup meet with the Jeep in a neighboring business parking lot, where three suspects got out of the pickup and into the Jeep.
Police say all five suspects then moved to the back of the pawn shop where they attempted to gain entry through the rear of the business, without success. Minutes later, the red Jeep is shown driving through the front wall of the business.
According to police, the security footage shows two of the five suspects entering the store and removing several long guns from the business. After leaving the store, police say the suspects ran to another neighboring business, got back into the Dodge pickup and fled the area.
McCaw said further investigation revealed that the Jeep had been stolen from the 3000 block of Loon Lake Court in Waterford, just over a mile away from the crime scene, but had not been reported yet.
All five suspects are described as wearing dark-colored clothing, some with masks covering their face.
An investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this incident or with information on suspects is asked to contact Waterford Police Detective Larry Novak at 248-618-7515, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.