The Chase, Capture, and Culprits Behind the Lume Cannabis Robbery in Southfield

September 8th, 2023 Legal & Crime
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In the early hours of Friday, September 1st, Southfield police responded to a break-in at Lume Cannabis Recreational Dispensary located at 26760 Lahser Road. Arriving at approximately 2:33 a.m., officers found the establishment's front door open, propped with a wooden stool. As they approached, four individuals sped away in a silver Hyundai, previously reported stolen from Royal Oak on the evening of August 31st.

Engaging in a high-speed chase, the suspects, traveling at over 100 mph on Interstate 696, began discarding stolen goods from the vehicle. The pursuit concluded near Mound Road in Warren, where the suspects made a dangerous attempt to drive south in the northbound lanes. Officers utilized a precision immobilization technique (PIT) maneuver, causing the vehicle to stop. While two suspects remained with the car, two others fled on foot but were quickly detained.

The Southfield police department suspects this group might be linked to several recent break-ins at marijuana dispensaries in Center Line and other neighboring cities.

Southfield Police Chief Elvin Barren addressed the issue: "Southeast Michigan is currently grappling with a surge in car thefts and smash-and-grab incidents. This latest incident in Southfield stands as a clear message. Culprits should think twice before committing crimes here; our officers will pursue and employ all necessary techniques to ensure justice."

The identities of the suspects were withheld at the time of the report. However, their backgrounds shed light on their histories:

  1. The driver, a 21-year-old from Detroit, has prior charges for felony weapons, controlled substance, felony resisting, and obstruction, along with several warrants. Police are now recommending charges for fleeing and eluding, breaking and entering, and driving without a license.

  2. The front-seat passenger, a 27-year-old from Detroit, has a record of felony firearm offenses. He is currently facing charges of breaking and entering, and resisting and obstructing.

  3. One of the rear passengers, aged 20 from Detroit, has no prior offenses but now faces charges for breaking and entering.

  4. The other rear passenger, a 29-year-old from Detroit currently on probation for assault, has a history of carjacking, armed robbery, concealed weapon offenses, felony theft, and multiple warrants, including one for probation violation. The police are now seeking to charge him with breaking and entering and resisting and obstructing.

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