West Bloomfield schools up security following gun store break-in

By: Kayla Dimick | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published October 31, 2019

 Police are looking for two suspects who broke into a gun store.

Police are looking for two suspects who broke into a gun store.

Photo provided by the Keego Harbor Police Department

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Two suspects are on the run and local schools are amping up their security following a recent theft from a gun store. 

According to a news release from the Keego Harbor Police Department, at around 3:30 a.m. Oct. 29, two suspects used a sledgehammer to break out the front window of Safes and Guns Unlimited, on Orchard Lake Road, near Commerce Road. 

Police said three long guns, an air rifle and ammunition were stolen. However, the ammunition was not the proper type for the guns stolen, and most of it was dropped as the suspects fled the scene. 

Police said the guns missing are described as a Mossberg Patriot .270 caliber bolt action rifle with a wood stock, a Saiga .410 gauge semi-automatic shotgun with a synthetic black stock, and a Carcano model M38 bolt action rifle with a wood stock. 

“Numerous tips have been generated due to our original Facebook page post, and we are hopeful that several of them will develop into concrete leads,” police said in an Oct. 31 Facebook post. 

Keego Harbor police said in the post that they are working with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the investigation, as well as with several police partners. 

An evidence technician processed the scene and recovered fingerprints from the sledgehammer, police said. 

Following the crime, officials from the West Bloomfield School District and the West Bloomfield Police Department said they have increased their safety measures at local schools.

Officials from the Keego Harbor Police Department said there were no specific threats to any of the schools in the area, and no students were attending school at the time of the incident. 

“As a precaution and in full cooperation with our local law enforcement agencies, we will have an added police presence at our school buildings today as an extra element of security,” Dan Durkin, the public relations and marketing coordinator at WBSD said in an email. “We have absolutely no reason to believe there is any need for students, staff and families to worry at this time; these added elements of security are simply precautionary measures to ensure the safety and security of everyone in each one of our buildings.” 

In a Nov. 1 news release, West Bloomfield Deputy Chief Curt Lawson said that on Oct. 31, officials received word of a threatening message on Snapchat that mentioned West Bloomfield High School. 

Police were able to locate the person responsible for the message, and determined that the threat was not credible. 

On Nov. 1, Lawson said, police received a tip in the Keego Harbor breaking and entering case that led them to investigate all schools in West Bloomfield. Lawson said in the release that the tip was not credible and there were no threats made to any schools in the area. 

“Parents should remind their children that threats placed on social media platforms involving schools are not a joke and will be thoroughly investigated by our department,” Lawson said in the release. 

Lawson said law enforcement officials are working closely with the Keego Harbor police in the investigation. 

“The West Bloomfield Police Department has increased its presence at all West Bloomfield Schools in an abundance of caution. We are working closely with both the Keego Harbor Police Department and the West Bloomfield School District on this incident,” Lawson said in an email. 

In a Facebook post, Keego Harbor police urged residents to take a close look at surveillance photos of the individuals. 

“They were wearing some unique clothing and may be from the area, so if anything about them looks familiar, we would appreciate you contacting us so we can look into it,” police said in the post. 

Police are also urging business owners or residents with surveillance photos or video from around the time of the crime to share their files with Detective Robert Barnes by calling (248) 682-3030. 

“This type of event is an anomaly as there has only been one other commercial breaking and entering in the last two years,” police said in the Oct. 31 post. 

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