Women arrested for stealing Michigan State Police tent from Cherry Festival in middle of night

Women were caught on surveillance video

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Two women were caught on video walking off with a recruiting tent used by the Michigan State Police at the Traverse City Cherry Festival.

Thanks to tips from the public, Michigan State Police said two women have been charged with stealing the MSP Recruiting tent during the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City.

MSP announced the arrests of 29-year-old Brittany Susan Frick and 26-year-old Allison Taylor Pardo in a press release on Thursday, explaining Pardo was arraigned on one count of misdemeanor larceny on Monday and Frick was arraigned the following day on the same charge. A misdemeanor larceny charge is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000 or three times the value of the property stolen, whichever is greater.

"We want to thank everyone who helped solve this crime and we appreciate the continued support from the community," MSP stated in the release.

Frick and Pardo were allegedly caught on surveillance video walking off with the recruiting tent used by authorities at the Traverse City Cherry Festival just past midnight on July 4, 2022.

"The MSP has been working hard to recruit new members and diversify our ranks," MSP said in a written statement at the time of the incident. "Unfortunately, we are now the victim of a crime and are looking for your help."

Warrants were issued for Frick and Pardo. Both women had been living in Kalkaska, but recently moved according to MSP in the release. On Aug. 22, troopers for the MSP Cadillac Post went to an address in Rapid City where the women were thought to be staying.

Pardo was at the home when troopers arrived and she was informed of the arrest warrant and posted bond. Frick was not home at the time. But was made aware of the warrant and posted bond the following day.