A 17-year-old Sterling Heights resident accused of concealing a stolen cell phone and marijuana in her shorts while in Utica police custody last week was charged in 41 A District Court.
The girl, whose name is not being released because she is a minor, was charged with larceny from a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana. The teen was released after paying a personal bond, but she'll be back in court June 25 at 1:30 p.m. for a hearing.
The Utica police said in a report that they were called June 9 to the on Hall Road on a report of a stolen cell phone. The victim was there along with the suspect. The victim told police he had driven the suspect from Warren in his vehicle, and when they exited, he could no longer find his iPhone. The victim told police he believed the girl stole his phone from his center console while they were stopped for gas, and the driver stepped outside to pump.
While officers searched the teenage girl's purse, but did not find the phone, they noted she appeared to be intoxicated and administered a breathalyzer, according to a police report. She blew a .059 and was placed in the backseat of the officer's vehicle.
The officer asked the girl to reveal where the cell phone was before he was going to arrest her for a minor in possession of alcohol. According to the police report, the girl reached down "the front of her shorts and pulled the iPhone from her crotch area." Officers returned the phone to the victim.
The girl was arrested and transported to the Utica Police Station. While the girl was being booked, the officer began watching video from the backseat of his patrol car, and noticed the girl had removed items from her bra and placed them down her pants. A female officer at the station searched the girl and found three clear plastic bags filled with about 4 ounces of marijuana. Police also confiscated more than $400 cash.