Farmington teen faces charges in multiple thefts from vehicles

Farmington police have arrested a 17-year-old Farmington resident in connection with a series of thefts from vehicles that happened over the past two weeks.

According to a department press release, an officer made the arrest in the early morning hours of May 26, after spotting the teen on foot in the area of Shiawassee and Farmington. The teen said he was walking home from a friend’s house, and the officer asked to look inside the teen’s backpack. It contained marijuana and drug paraphernalia, as well as cell phone chargers, sunglasses, loose change and other items that matched descriptions of those stolen from recent larcenies.

After his arrest for possession of marijuana, investigators interviewed the teen. He confessed to stealing items from unlocked cars on Brookdale Street, in Brookdale Condominiums and along Orchard Lake Road. Charges are pending.

Meanwhile, Farmington investigators are trying to identify owners of the recovered property. Anyone who has had items stolen is encouraged to call 248-474- 4700 (select option 2).

“Farmington officers have been patrolling with a heightened sense of awareness in the neighborhoods in response to the recent larceny activity,” Public Safety Director Frank Demers said. “I’m grateful for the efforts of the arresting officers and investigators who worked together as a team to bring this case to a successful conclusion.”

He also reminded residents that thefts from vehicles seem to peak this time of year, and “Most thieves simply target unlocked cars to take anything that may seem valuable.”

Residents are reminded to remove any valuables and to keep their car doors locked at all times, he added, and keeping driveway and porch lights on overnight is also a good deterrent.