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Three-year-old left in car while mother shopped

A mother left her three-year-old child alone in a parked car in the parking lot of Dick's Sporting Goods while she, her brother and her boyfriend went into the store, and police later determined they had stolen goods from the store on Saturday, March 2.

Around 2 p.m., Bloomfield Township police were called to the parking lot at 2105 S. Telegraph for a report of a small child left unattended in a parked vehicle. When officers arrived, they located the vehicle and found the child, a three-year-old girl.

Shortly after connecting with the child, the mother returned to the car and admitted to leaving the little girl in the unlocked vehicle while she went into the store with her brother and boyfriend.

While the officer was speaking with the mother, the person who contacted police advised that he had witnessed the brother and boyfriend exit Dick's Sporting Goods carrying a backpack, and then placing the backpack behind a parked SUV in an attempt to conceal it.

Police recovered the backpack, and determined items inside had been stolen from Dick's Sporting Goods. Inside the backpack were four stolen Stanley mugs. A search of the vehicle recovered an additional 10 Stanley mugs. Dick's Sporting Goods management confirmed that all of the recovered items had been stolen from the store.

The suspects were identified and released from the scene. Charges are currently pending, according to Bloomfield Township police.


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