Teen girl, 14, arrested during car break-in with toy gun

A 14-year-old girl was arrested for breaking into cars in her Ferndale neighborhood.

When police arrested her, she was found with a plastic gun. 

A string of 22 car break-ins were reported last week, putting police on alert. Earlier this week police arrested five kids, ages 12 to 14 on Dover Street. for a break-in.

One, a 14-year-old girl, got caught stealing a basketball from a car and had a pistol on her.

"When they searched her, they found that tucked inside her shirt, she what they first thought was a gun," said Lt. William Wilson.  

The gun was actually an Airsoft toy gun, but it looks real. 

"This is a replica of the make of a Sig Sauer," Wilson said. "It is the same type of gun that we carry on duty."

Police say having an Airsoft is legal, but if you use it in a threatening manner when committing a crime then charges could be pursued.

"A gun is a gun," said Craig Rice, a neighbor. "In this day and age, no joking around."

"It's a scary thing to have," said neighbor  Robin Vettraino. "I know that you have little boys with them running around with them and don't really know the meaning behind them. But older kids - I think that's really scary."

A neighbor called the police leading to the arrest of the 14-year-old and the other four children. 

Ferndale police are looking for help in gathering more information about the other 22 break-ins. Call Ferndale police at (248)-541-3650.

"That's what we ask people to do," Wilson said. "Even if they think something might be going on, and they're not certain. That's what we're here for. We can either prevent the crime from happening, or catch the people after it does."

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