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Shelby Township police investigating break-in at gun shop

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published December 5, 2019

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Police Department is investigating a break-in at a gun shop that occurred during the early morning hours of Dec. 1.

The break-in occurred at around 4:20 a.m. at Patriots Ammo & Arms LLC on Van Dyke Avenue, between 23 Mile and 24 Mile roads in Shelby Township.

Police said that three suspects were involved in the incident.

According to police, the suspects broke into the business and took “several firearms from display cases,” Shelby Township Police Capt. Jason Schmittler said in an email.

Police are investigating whether this incident could be related to any other incidents in the area. Police said that there have been other incidents like this recently in metro Detroit.

According to police, the suspects wore dark clothing to conceal their identities.

Police said that no one was injured in the incident, which took place while the store was closed.

Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide has prioritized the investigation of this incident and said that the police will not stop until the suspects are found and held accountable.

“I have made it clear to Capt. Schmittler, who is in charge of operations, that cracking this case is our top priority,” Shelide said in an email.

He said that the criminals were bold, knowing that the Police Department was right down the road from the store.

“The brazenness of these thieves is noted by our staff. Our police station is a (quarter) mile down the road. We will leave no stone unturned to catch these punks," said Shelide.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Shelby Township Police Department at (586) 731-2121.

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