MONROE (WWJ) – Police in Monroe County say two men arrested for burglarizing an ice cream shop were planning to commit additional crimes with two other crooks.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said around 4:11 a.m. Friday, they received an alarm about a break-in at Ice Cream Time on North Dixie Highway, near Nadeau Road. Deputies responded to the ice cream shop and found the front windows shattered.
While on the scene investigating the burglary, deputies were advised of two suspicious people on Stone Post Road in Newport, about six miles away from the crime scene.
Deputies responded to the area and observed two white males walking in the parking lot of Lee’s Market on Swan Creek Road. Both men were detained.
During a subsequent investigation, it was determined the men intended to break into Lee’s Market. Police said the suspects were also in possession of a cash register, linking them to the Ice Cream Time burglary.
The men, a 21-year-old from Newport and a 21-year-old from South Rockwood, were lodged in the Monroe County Jail on charges of breaking and entering.
Through interviews with detectives, it was determined that the two men were actually working with additional suspects — a 22-year-old man from Flat Rock and a 24-year-old man from Newport.
Police also discovered that the group attempted to burglarize two additional businesses — Dixie Party Store at Dixie Highway and Ready Road in South Rockwood, and Ash Market on Telegraph Road near Ready Road in Carleton.
Police located the other two suspects and placed them under arrest. They are currently lodged in the Monroe County Jail on charges of breaking and entering.
The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 734-240-7530.