DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) — It’s a story you’ll only see on Action News. A military mix-up appears to have happened at a recruiting center in Dearborn, with uniforms and other property left behind long after the doors closed for good.
“I’m worried about the stuff falling into the wrong hands, and that’s why I have been contacting them for weeks to come and get it," said Realtor Ali Charara. "I’ve got a new tenant moving in soon and we need to start construction."
ONLY ON 7: U.S. Military recruitment center leaves behind UNIFORMS, paperwork & MORE property after moving to a new location. The items were found nearly 2 MONTHS ago & reported, but NO ONE has returned to pick them up. We’re getting answers. @wxyzdetroit #6PM pic.twitter.com/6KlGHdVfIi— Simon Shaykhet WXYZ (@simonshaykhet) September 5, 2019
EXCLUSIVE: As a new tenant prepares to move into a building formerly occupied by the Armed Forces, we’re asking why U.S. MILITARY items were LEFT behind when they moved. A new center for recruitment is up & running NEARBY, but NO ONE there seems to know. @wxyzdetroit #6PM pic.twitter.com/GYITQRwtqT— Simon Shaykhet WXYZ (@simonshaykhet) September 5, 2019
It’s been almost two months since the military recruitment center closed its doors at the corner of Telegraph and Carlysle.
When Action News Reporter Simon Shaykhet visited the location on Sept. 5, he saw more items like shoes and instruction manuals, as well as tactical gear.
Action News visited the new location for recruitment, but none of the military branches would comment except to say they were unaware of this.
Later, we received a text message from a Marine Staff Sergeant who said in part:
“It’s weird that they would have our uniforms in their (Army) office, which makes it seem like either it was planted, or the army stole our uniforms...” Ali says he just wants the stuff picked up soon, and he’s hoping our story leads to action. We’ll stay on top of this to make sure it happens.