On Sunday, Jan. 17, around 11:49 a.m., a 26-year-old Waterford woman told police that items were stolen from her purse, which was in a classroom, while she stood outside the classroom with her students for about an hour.
When the victim returned to the classroom, she said her cellphone and wallet were missing from her purse. Police saw an unknown woman enter the classroom at the time of the theft on school surveillance footage.
The Westland Police Department said that a 32-year-old woman from Southfield had been arrested in connection with similar crimes in their community and was currently in the Wayne County Jail.
Investigators interviewed the suspect, Amnhe Lee Velasquez, who told them that she walked through the school, entering unoccupied classrooms, and stole the reported victim's property.
Velasquez was charged with larceny in a building, 4 years. She will be arraigned on the charge once released from the Wayne County Jail.
If you have any information about this incident or similar incidents, please contact Waterford Police Detective Larry Novak at, (248) 618-7515, or to stay anonymous, contact the Tip Line at 248-674-COPS.