TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Two women have been arrested for going to the Michigan State Police recruiting booth at the Cherry Festival in the middle of the night and stealing the department’s tent, officials said.
MSP was asked to provide security during the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, and the department also set up a recruiting booth on Union Street near Garland Street.
At 12:27 a.m. July 4, two women went to the booth and stole the recruiting tent, state police said. They were caught on video walking away with it. You can watch that video footage below.
Troopers asked the public for tips about this incident, and eventually identified the women as Brittany Susan Frick, 29, and Allison Taylor Pardo, 26. They had both been living in Kalkaska, but recently moved, police said.
They were arrested Aug. 22 at the place where they were staying in Rapid City.
Pardo and Frick are charged with misdemeanor larceny between $200 and $1,000. Pardo was arraigned Monday (Sept. 12), and Frick was arraigned Tuesday.
Officials said both women have been released on bond.
State police said they’re working hard to recruit new members and to diversify their ranks. They said they will continue to recruit on Union Street as weather permits.