Farmington police say two teens who admitted breaking into vehicles in Farmington and Farmington Hills took video of themselves committing the crimes and shared on a popular smart phone app.
According to a Thursday press release, a Farmington Public Safety Department sergeant patrolling July 10 in the 22700 block of Brookdale Street spotted the teens standing in a parking lot. As the sergeant approached, one of the teens ran away, and was caught in the area of Grand River and Power Road, while back-up officers detained the second teen.
Officers recovered a bottle of prescriptions pills, a gift card, a knife, cell phone chargers and a wireless speaker. While the youths, ages 15 and 16, were being interviewed, they admitted to posting videos on Snapchat.
Public Safety Director Frank Demers noted that Farmington officers arrested a teen just last month in connection with thefts from vehicles; he was also apprehended while walking around town in the early morning hours.
“While they must be held accountable for their crimes, the parents of these teens also need to be accountable for the actions of their children,” Demers said. “There is no reason these two should have been out at 2:50 a.m. The fact that these two individuals shared their crimes with friends via social media is also disturbing. We need to get the word out to our youth that they must come forward to the police to report crimes or other public safety concerns that they find on social media.”
The teens were turned over to their parents and may face Larceny from Auto and Possession of Stolen Property charges in juvenile court.
Demers said the thefts from unlocked vehicles could have been prevented. The department encourages residents to keep vehicle doors locked and remove valuable items, and to immediately report suspicious people, vehicles or situations by calling 9-1-1.