Teen jailed for marijuana theft

A 17-year-old is in the Oakland County Jail after police said he admitted to stealing medical marijuana from a licensed caregiver in Highland Township. Rakeem Xavier Givens, whose last known address is in White Lake, was arraigned Dec. 16 on two felony counts of home invasion, second degree. According to Lt. David Pement, commander for the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Highland substation, Givens is a friend of the victim’s son. The breaking and enterings occurred at a home in the 200 block of W. Glengarry Court on Dec. 1 and Dec. 10. Dried marijuana, two marijuana plants and $350 in cash were reported missing.

A traffic stop in White Lake on Dec. 14 led to Givens’ arrest for the home invasions, Pement explained, when an OCSO deputy monitoring police broadcasts heard White Lake police ask for a warrant check on the suspect. The deputy recognized the name and alerted White Lake officers as well as the Highland detective working on the case.

During an interview, “the guy ‘fessed up to both (incidents),” Pement said. “The subject just went in, broke in and helped himself,” he said. “Apparently he knew it was there and targeted the place.” If convicted, Givens faces up to 15 years in prison and a $3000 fine on each count.

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