Suspect in regional gun shop break-ins now in custody

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published January 13, 2020

 The Shelby Township Police Department said that one suspect is in custody and the investigation is ongoing regarding the Dec. 1 break-in at Patriots Ammo & Arms LLC.

The Shelby Township Police Department said that one suspect is in custody and the investigation is ongoing regarding the Dec. 1 break-in at Patriots Ammo & Arms LLC.

File photo by Deb Jacques

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After multiple gun shops were broken into around the metro Detroit area, local police departments teamed up to hunt down the suspects who had stolen a large number of guns from the shops.

Police said that one of the suspects is now in custody.

According to police, one of the break-ins occurred at around 4:20 a.m. Dec. 1 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 that incident; the suspects broke into the business and took several firearms from display cases. Police said that no one was injured in the incident, which took place while the store was closed.

Police investigated whether this incident could be related to other incidents in the area and found connections to break-ins at other gun shops throughout metro Detroit.

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

The name of the suspect in custody has not been released.

Shelide previously said that the criminals were bold in the Shelby Township incident, since the Shelby Township Police Department is right down the road from the store.

Shelby Township Police Detective Sgt. Robert Heisler said it was remarkable that all the departments were able to work together to start to unravel the incidents.

“It was a multi-jurisdictional effort involving the Shelby Township Special Investigations Unit, the (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), Michigan State Police and Charlotte Police Department. The impressive part was these agencies are spread across the state and it was a cooperative effort. Suspects are facing federal charges as well as local charges,” Heisler said in an email.

The departments reportedly are making progress in the investigation, but are unable to release more information, as it might jeopardize the case.

“Although we made an arrest in the gun shop breaking and entering, we are not done with that incident and aren’t releasing more information at this time,” Detective Lt. Patrick Barnard said in an email.

Police are asking that anyone with information call the Shelby Township Police Department at (586) 731-2121.

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