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Posted on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 3:54 p.m.

Police uniforms and badges among items stolen from Saline store

By Cindy Heflin

Police are looking for one or two people who stole uniforms and other police gear from a store in Saline.

Sgt. Kevin Murphy said police don’t have any witnesses or surveillance camera images but hope to find the thief or thieves soon.

“We don’t want to have an individual in possession of police equipment that would lead other people to believe they were the police,” he said.

The store, Northeastern Uniform and equipment, supplies police departments with equipment, including uniforms, boots, jackets and badges.

Murphy said the thief or thieves broke a concrete downspout splash block and threw it through the glass at the store, 1400 E. Michigan Ave., shortly after midnight on Oct 29.

Merchandise worth more than $1,000 as well as some cash was stolen. He said the theft appears to have involved one or two people.

The stolen items included knives, watches, sunglasses, pepper spray, clothing, badges, boots and flashlights, a published report said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Saline Police Department at 734-429-7911.



Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 11:14 p.m.

Not good


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 6:34 p.m.

Its very very telling that they are up to no good if they only took Police gear & equipment, because that store also sells uniforms and items related to other professions (such as HVAC - EMT shirts & pants, boots, etc., to name just one).


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 4:42 p.m.

I wonder if the reasoning for no cameras/alarms is that no one would have the audacity to break into such a store? Well, guess what.


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 1:36 p.m.

"Sgt. Kevin Murphy said police don't have any witnesses or surveillance camera images but hope to find the thief or thieves soon. " Is there anything you left out that might give the thief/thieves some comfort? Seems the best tact would NOT to tell them what you don't have!


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 12:53 p.m.

Tru2Blu has said it best. Left brian right brain argument without a bridge No cameras? No shatter proof glass Todays economy calls for tight margins; but why not just have a sidewalk sale? Worst the items are probably in the hands of kids (not by age by maturation) and who knows what stupid shennigans they will get into..


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 4:40 a.m.

I have an idea: lets open a store on a major highway; the store will have a nice, big glass display window to show off our fine line of... police uniforms, badges and equipment! Brilliant!! This is like opening a bank which shows off its piles of cash in a display window. Just to attract customers - a wonderful example of how Free Enterprise encourages "creative thinking." Speaking of banks: I just read about a feature of Michigan's concealed pistol law: I never imagined that it would prohibit licensed (and thoroughly vetted) citizens from carrying their concealed pistol INTO a bank or credit union. And if you think that's not odd: consider that the old law favored issuing CPLs ONLY to business people who "did a lot of banking" and who carried more than $500 cash in connection with their business! It's like a Ginzu Knife commercial: That's not all! In addition to that piece of garbled reasoning, it IS legal to openly carry a hand gun - even into banks and even on premises which are otherwise considered to be "gun free zones." The exception: openly carrying a handgun is still prohibited in court buildings, post offices and anywhere a business has posted signs against - any kind of - personal defense handguns. [An open invitation to ignore a regulation if someone is intent on killing "handy" and defenseless human beings.] So here we have a 2nd example of garbled reasoning: police uniforms & equipment sold from a brick & mortar store - openly displayed for the many thousands of non-police population to see and... "admire wistfully." Kudos to the thief (or thieves) for openly exploiting the stupidity of "business thinkers."

dading dont delete me bro

Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 12:17 p.m.

you show me where a bank or credit union is a 'carry free zone'. better return those badges you found.


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 1:26 a.m.

.JA....good point... I want the life where my greatest fear is who stole Saline's Barney Fife badge and maybe his chaps. I would enjoy the respite from genocide in the Congo, currency manipulation by the Chinese, and the suspense of waiting for the Greeks to vote on the bailout of failed Socialism. I can hardly sleep tonight....


Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 11:59 p.m.

I can only hope that no one comes to my door (that has stolen any of the items) and present themselves as a Police Officer. My first thought now as I read this post, is call 911 right away and ask if this is a real officer. Another thing, if what looks like a police officer in a plain car, tries to pull me over (it won't happen until I call 911). Now that we know about the theft, everyone should be aware of this type of person and what action should be taken. These people/persons could be out of the city, county, or even the state by now.

Wolf's Bane

Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 11:11 p.m.

Happy Halloween Saline Police!


Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 9:05 p.m.

This is pretty disturbing, especially regarding the badges. Are these official municipal badges or generic ones?


Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 8:11 p.m.

Village People..... And Halloween....


Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 8:14 p.m.

Macho Man?