Michigan Association of Police

Photo courtesy of Oakland County Sheriff's Office
Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy Bradley Reckling with his wife, Jacqueline, and three daughters.

Excerpted from news media and Blue Line Customs

Show your support for the family of slain Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy Bradley Reckling by purchasing an Auto Theft Challenge Coin.

Deputy Reckling, who was part of the Sheriff’s Office Stolen Vehicle Unit, was shot to death when he was investigating a stolen vehicle in Detroit on June 22, 2024. A 9-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, Reckling was in an unmarked car when he spotted a 2022 Chevy Equinox near Schoenherr and Park Grove streets in Detroit that was reported stolen from Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights earlier that day, according to a Detroit Free Press article. The 30-year-old deputy was following the vehicle containing three suspects when the Equinox stopped and at least one suspect got out and began shooting at Reckling, the article stated. The deputy was struck by gunfire multiple times and was rushed to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

In August 2023 the Troy Police Department Special Investigations Unit (SIU), composed of Officers from Troy, Auburn Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township. and Royal Oak police departments, began investigating a crime ring operating on Telegram in a chat called "Buyers and Grabbers," according to Blue Line Customs. Troy SIU, in partnership with the Michigan Attorney General's Office FORCE team, found the group was responsible for over 400 Southeast Michigan vehicle thefts, worth about $8 million. In May 2024, over 200 Officers from state, federal, and local agencies conducted eight arrest warrants with suspects taken into custody, according to Blue Line Customs.

Deputy Reckling was an integral partner during the investigation and was with the Oakland County Sheriff's Department team conducting one of the arrest warrants.

The Auto Theft Challenge Coin commemorates this lengthy, ongoing investigation. All proceeds from the sale of the coin will go to Deputy Reckling’s pregnant wife, Jacqueline and their three daughters, who are under the age of seven.

Please click here to purchase the Auto Theft Challenge Coin for $24.99.