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December 5, 2012

Rochester police nab teens after stealing from business

By Mary Beth Almond
C & G Staff Writer

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ROCHESTER — Three teenagers have been charged with a felony after stealing nearly $50,000 in items from a business in downtown Rochester recently.

Two employees working after hours inside a business in the area of University and Helen Streets notified Rochester Police of the burglary at approximately 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

Upon arrival, police saw the three teens —18-year-old Forrest Love of Rochester, 18-year-old Robert Standfield of Keego Harbor and 19-year-old Christian Stirgus of Belleville — exiting the business with bags.

After a description of the subjects was broadcast to officers in the area, officers arrested one of the subjects at Wilcox and Second Streets within five minutes. The other two subjects were apprehended at Wilcox Street near University Drive within ten minutes of the initial call. All three subjects were later positively identified, according to police.

All of the stolen property — including nearly $50,000 in jewelry, cash, clothing and several other personal items — was recovered.

Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm said in a release the teens entered the business through a door that was not completely secured. Schettenhelm could not be reached for further comment at press time.

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office arraigned Love, Standfield and Stirgus — who were charged with larceny of over $20,000, a felony offense — at the 52/3 District Court Dec. 4.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Mary Beth Almond at malmond@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1060.