The 12-year-old girl arrested for a recent armed robbery at a Highland Township store pleaded guilty on Tuesday, April 26 before Judge Mary Ellen Brennan in Oakland County Circuit Court.
According to an Oakland County Sheriff’s Department report, Highland Township Substation deputies were dispatched around 10 p.m. on April 15 to the Country Lake Market at 2150 N. Milford Road on a report of an armed robbery in progress.
The female suspect, who was dressed in black, had entered the market and allegedly proceeded to demand money from one of the store employees. Despite the fact that the girl was wearing a bandana over her face, another employee reportedly recognized the girl.
The three employees in the store at the time of the incident were able to disarm the girl of the loaded 9-mm Smith & Wesson handgun and detain her until deputies arrived.
The girl was then taken into custody without incident.
It was discovered that the girl allegedly stole the gun from a neighbor, according to the incident report. Although the neighbor was not home at the time of the theft, the girl allegedly had access to a key to the neighbor’s home and was aware of where the gun was kept.
The girl is scheduled to appear again in court on May 31. Until that time, she will continued to be held at Oakland County Children’s Village.