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$75,000 in Stolen Jewelry Found as Michigan Police Officer Stops to Help with Flat Tire

The items were allegedly taken from a UPS truck.




A police officer in Michigan stopped to help a motorist with a blown tire — and ended up finding $75,000 in stolen jewelry.

While offering help, the officer Brownstown Township Police Department noted that the man “was acting nervous and wanted to have someone pick him up quickly,” MLive reports.

The man consented to having the car searched, police stated. More than 60 jewelry items were found. Authorities found that the jewelry had been taken from a delivery truck at Southland Mall, according to MLive. Jewelers in the mall were sending the items out for repair.

Detective Lt. Andrew Starzec told the News-Herald of the Dec. 28 incident: “There were some pretty high-ticket pieces of jewelry in there. There were diamond rings, earrings and bracelets.” The jewelry has since been returned to the jewelry stores, according to the newspaper.

According to MLive, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office was still considering charges in the case.


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