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Arrests Halt Rash of Vehicle Crimes in Woods

Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety officers arrested three men this week believed to be responsible for two rashes of vehicle related crimes near Hollywood and Marter.

police arrested three St. Clair Shores residents June 26 they suspect are involved to the spree of stolen cars and larcenies from vehicles near Hollywood and Marter.

The men were spotted about 4:30 a.m. walking on Blairmoor between Charlevoix and Goethe. They turned around and began walking in the opposite direction when a patrol officer turned onto the street, according to a report.

When the officer stopped them to find out where they were going, their stories were inconsistent and they could not provide an address or specific information. One of the men had a women's purse, which was later discovered to belong to a woman in St. Clair Shores whose car was stolen.

The men had other stolen goods in their possession as well, including a valet key used to steal a car. 

Woods Detective Sgt. Raymond Yonkowski said the spree of crimes involving vehicles near Hollywood and Marter has stopped since their arrest. The cases are still being investigated but there were some similar crimes in St. Clair Shores just outside of the Woods, he said.

St. Clair Shores police are working on the investigation as well, Yonkowski said.

Earlier this week following the most recent rash of crimes.

Chris June 30, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Let's hear it for the wonderful police work of our Grosse Pointe officers. Pubic safety should be our top priority. If we support the upcoming Headlee override, perhaps GPW could even afford to hire more officers. How about a return to random street patrols on Mack? We could even "borrow" Raleigh for such patrols, making all the children happy who meet the officers. I know some business owners who would welcome such patrols.
Mark June 30, 2012 at 02:15 PM
You're in for it if Waldmeir sees you supporting Headlee.
Chris July 01, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Given our proximity to Detroit, we need to provide the financial support to keep our services high. It's sad that someone might try to intimidate an individual just for expressing a different viewpoint. Isn't democracy about having civil discourse and differences of opinions?
Diane Smith July 01, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Its not a democracy with the GPW government. It is Novitke"cratic". There is plenty of funds for our great police/fire services. Novitke wants a Headlee override as a slush fund to spend as HE sees fit.
Pete Waldmeir, GP Woods July 01, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Diane Smith: You got that right about the Mayor for Life. Re. Mark's comments about me having it "in for" anybody, wonder why he doesn't use a last name - or allow a reply. Some people just prefer to snipe and hide, I guess. I sign my name, you sign yours. And just which "Christine" is this who's supporting a blank check for millions of residents' bucks in new property taxes for a government leadership that has proven it can't manage the huge slush fund it already has? C'mon, "Christine.". You want to be taken seriously, sign your name. And check the city budget and see how much they waste right now.
Mark July 01, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Take 'er down a notch Pete twas only some light ribbing. You're pretty notorious on here for speaking out against Headlee which by the way I agree with you on. I was merely giving Christine a heads up that debate was coming her way. I didn't know people couldn't reply to my comments and can't find anything in the Settings section to alter that.
Chris July 01, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Why isn't anyone commenting on the essence of my post--praise for the police for stopping the "rash of vehicle crimes" and the suggestion of having foot patrols on Mack? BTW, I intend to donate to the fund to keep "Raleigh" as an option for the Grosse Pointes. I prefer a positive approach to problem-solving. My mother lived to a 100 in Grosse Pointe Farms and the Mayor of Grosse Pointe Farms--James C Farquhar--was kind enough to celebrate her birthday and present her with a plaque. So I've seen the positive power of elected officials. Even though all of us are hard workers, we are all fortunate to live here. Although I may not agree with Waldmeir's current position on taxes, I did read and value his columns for many years. He has been a prominent public figure for years. I just believe that we can accomplish more if we all work together positively to face serious issues. I grew up in Grosse Pointe, and my husband and I moved back in 2003 to provide support for aging relatives. So believe me, I know what it is to take an economic hit; my house is worth 60 percent of what we paid for it. But I still believe in this community. Bike down Lakeshore, talk to fellow Grosse Pointers at the parks, shop the vibrant stores on Mack (which I do), purchase your flowers at the BAC plant sale, and marvel at how many intelligent, nice, thoughful, friendly individuals populate the beautiful Pointes.
Mark July 01, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Christine I think everyone in the community would agree increased patrols is a great thing for the Pointes especially considering the harsh conditions we border. It is how we pay for it that becomes a point of contention. That's fantastic that you have deep roots here and a great sense of community. We need more people like you but I also worry about giving our elected officials a blank check to use how they see fit. Which Headlee is tantamount to a blank check.
Chris July 01, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Thanks for your kind response, Mark. How do we lobby for such police patrols?
Jim Schultz July 01, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Perhaps we should reduce the number of officers performing speed traps (parcells lot, vernier rd.,marter, etc) and have that patrol time spent on the items that Christine mentions.
GP For Life July 02, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Christine, I would suggest that you write your public safety director or call and ask for a meeting. One of the great things about the separate public safety departments is since they're so small they have the ability to be accessibile to a degree that is unlike any other place.
GP For Life July 02, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Jim, like most municipal police departments the Pointe police are focused on revenue generation. If these activities are focused correctly they can be both an excellent source of revenue and a very visible deterent to criminals.
Bradley Coopersmith July 02, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I would support a street patrol along Mack.
Love the Pointe's July 04, 2012 at 11:14 AM
I notice there are always general comments about wasted money in the budgets, but not many specifics. The fact is that all the Pointe's have had significant decreases in their revenues, due to the housing market. All the cities have reduced manpower, cut legacy costs, tried to find new revenue sources and all this while still maintaining high level of services for us to enjoy. Our quality of life in the Pointe's is exceptional and so are our public safety departments. We need to support them in anyway that we can, while still asking them to try to find ways to hold costs down while maintaining a high level of service. Though all are services are appreciated and needed, public safety has to be our top priority. This is what will bring people to our communities and keep those already living here.

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