FRENCHTOWN TWP. (WWJ) – Officials say a couple of teenagers from Downriver have been arrested in connection with two break-ins at a Salvation Army thrift store in Monroe County.
Sheriff Dale Malone said the teens, a 17-year-old from Lincoln Park and a 19-year-old from Taylor, were taken into custody Thursday and remain lodged at the Monroe County Jail pending arraignment.
The investigation began back on February 7 when employees at the store, located on Mall Road just off Telegraph Road, discovered the business had been broken into overnight. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.
Almost a month later, on March 1, employees arriving for work noticed a second break-in at the store. This time, only a chain and phone case were stolen.
Surveillance images of the suspects were obtained during the second burglary. Police in Monroe distributed those images to area law enforcement and detectives from the Livonia Police Department recognized the suspects.
The Monroe County Prosecutor’s authorized warrants and Sheriff’s deputies, assisted by both Lincoln Park Police and Taylor Police, arrested both suspects at their homes.
Police say investigators recovered evidence from both homes linking the young men to the March 1 breaking and entering incident.
Detectives were also able to determine both teens were responsible for the February 7 incident, according to police. Investigators are now seeking criminal charges against the teens for that incident.
The suspects’ names are being withheld pending arraignment.