Update: March 16th, 11:18 a.m.
Michigan State police officials have not provided details on why they searched buildings associated with the Romulus Police Department. State Police Inspector Garth Burnside told the Detroit News that the search warrants were part of an ongoing investigation with the Wayne County prosecutor and the FBI.
The Detroit News reports that the following locations were searched:
- the Romulus police headquarters
- the home of Romulus Police Chief Michael St. Andre
- St. Andre's wife's tanning salon
- a building housing Police Department records
- and a residence Burnside declined to identify.
The Detroit News spoke with a lawyer who sued the Police Chief and the City of Romulus "over the disappearance of $300,000 worth of auto parts seized by Romulus police." The lawyer's client said the auto parts were in a trailer seized by police. According to the News, the Romulus police contended there were no auto parts in the trailer and the case was dismissed in January 2010.
March 15th, 11:36 a.m.
The Michigan State Police are saying little about a search warrant served today at the Romulus Police Department. State Police Inspector Garth Burnside would only confirm that state troopers, along with FBI agents and the Wayne County Prosecutors Office served the warrant at 7 a.m. this morning.
Burnside says the search of the Romulus Police Department is part of an ongoing investigation.
He declined to say what is the focus of the investigation.