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Breaking and Entering at Radio Shack in Grosse Pointe Woods

The following information is gathered from the Departments of Public Safety from the Grosse Pointes. Arrests do not indicate conviction.

An alarm notified Grosse Pointe Woods police of a forced entry at the Radio Shack in the 19000 block of Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods on Dec. 2.

The glass front door of the business had been smashed and a large rock was found lying on the ground inside the doorway.

According to police, the person(s) who had illegally entered the business had attempted to remove several flat screen televisions from the walls but they were held by cables and couldn't be taken.

Suspects also attempted to take laptop computers but they were also held in place by anti-theft cables, according to a report.

An unknown amount of cash was taken from the cash register, according to a report.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is on-going.  The incident is one of several businesses in the past two weeks that have been broken into on Mack Avenue.

Stevan Skorupski December 08, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Where were the police? What is the response time from the coffee shop on Moross and Mack? We need more police to stop this from happening. Detroit and Harper Woods have been stripped , the Grosse Pointes is all that's left.
Chris K December 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM
The departments need to coordinate their forces for a continuous up and down Mack (and now Kercheval) patrol. The police forces are no longer working security at Disneyland. This is the real thing.
Savvy Shopper December 08, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I know our police officers are brave but I never see a shortage of officers giving out tickets for a headlight that is out or a shortage of officers at the gas station on Mack and Moross. What is going on around here that police cannot catch these guys? I am genuinely afraid to run errands around here at night without my husband. I pay high taxes so I don't have to feel that way. Other than complaining on here, what can we do?
Stacy Osmon Gekiere December 08, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I'm disgusted at how bold these thugs are. GP Police you need to be on alert up and down Mack and Kercheval for the next few weeks...
Connie Prus December 08, 2012 at 07:33 PM
The same night as this, the subway on Mack and Kerby was broken into as well.
Ken Eatherly December 08, 2012 at 08:34 PM
The rock was lying on the ground: The word "laying" is the active form.
Bob Frapples December 08, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Settle down, nerd. You know what they meant.
Bill December 08, 2012 at 10:01 PM
STRESS unit now, I can't belive what is going on around here
John McCandless December 09, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Stopped in Radio Shack a few days after this and asked the sales person what happend. B&E was around 5 or 5:30 a.m.. They were alarmed. Woods PD was there in 4 or 5 minutes, which suprized me, as my experience with 911 or alarm calls is much quicker. But, with crime up, especially during this holiday period, maybe we need some extra overtime patrols. I'm sure we'd make up the money with traffic violations.
Toni Stinson December 09, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Thanks for the grammar lesson--I'm aware. It was just an early morning typo at 5 am. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
DDPIII December 09, 2012 at 04:36 AM
When we were growing up in GP, the police would constantly stop or interact with us when we were walking, bike riding or whatever. It wasnt necessarily to harass us or what not--it was to make sure we were on the straight and narrow. Looking back, we knew no matter what -they were somehow, some way, ALWAYS there. Nowadays, anytime I see a cop, they are on their phones when parked, or when not parked they are pursuing or stopping people for traffic violations. While this is indeed important, I feel it has become more the focal point as a revenue generator and the police in general have become complacent in accordance to observing/interacting and being minimally observant. I am NOT at all knocking police in general. I just think in todays age of smart phones, and video surveillance police have many other distractions where as 20 years ago-they had nothing to do except look around and interact. It seems they are more reliant on being reactive than proactive. There are BAD people at the border, they already destroyed East English Village across Mack, Harlem Woods, and are now at the cusp of the Pointes. They do not respect nor fear the GP police departments like we did, and we were just kids looking for innocent fun. These people are here to steal. Times have changed-it WILL only get worse. It HAS only gotten worse. GP police departments need-MUST change with the times-which in poilcework means back to the old days- to make GP the virtually crime free place it was in the day.
M December 09, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Crime is down, but media coverage is up. I think the police are doing a fine job.
Stevan Skorupski December 10, 2012 at 01:21 PM
M, wake up. Look around, look at your borders with Detroit and Harper Woods
Bradley Coopersmith December 10, 2012 at 01:42 PM
All the Police departments should have a unit to patrol Mack. They should be running up and down at all times on both sides. we only have three access points, Harper, Jefferson and Mack. block off the criminals. Also, some common sense advice, anyone walking down Mack past 11 pm should have a cop pull up and ask them whats up. Just let people roaming know they are being watched.
Todd December 10, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Yeah, GPF and GPW police do a very nice job with the kids coming to and going home from school. And, when we jog early in the morning, they really work hard to keep an eye on us. Seeing that takes the sting out of the tax bill. You do have to wonder thought. Why has all the bad stuff been concentrated at Mack and Cadieux lately? Maybe we need a guard tower over that way?
Katie December 10, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I've called into GPW dispatch twice in the last year while leaving for work in the a.m. and seeing an unfamiliar vehicle slowly driving around. Both times I followed the person(s) to be sure before calling, and sure enough - apparently going nowhere in particular - slowly casing neighborhoods and homes up and down the side streets off Mack avenue, turning onto Colonial Court, back up to Mack, turning down Lexington, back up to Mack, crossing over Mack onto Littlestone. When I called dispatch I gave them the car description, plate number and best description of the person inside that I could without endangering myself. On both occasions, the GPW dispatch person (I have run into this same protocol in GPF as well), repeatedly kept asking for more information that I just could not provide (height, approximate weight). I finally told her I gave her as much as I had available to me and by the time they sent someone out it was going to be too late - this guy was into Harper Woods now toward the Harper service drive. I kept updating dispatch on the location as the car moved in and out of streets but finally gave up trying to 'safely' follow when I had been on the phone with dispatch for nearly ten minutes with no police ever showing up. Already late for work, I gave up.
Jim Schultz December 10, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Here is the police scanner link for the 5 Grosse Pointes & Harper Woods. It is very interesting what transpires each day. It is not all doom and gloom as there are many false burglar alarms EVERY day for homes & businesses, several welfare checks done on the elderly, parking issues, loose dogs, traffic stops, and suspicious person calls. It you get a chance, listen in on the background on your computer and you will notice overall, that the police & fire departments are doing a real good job. http://audio7.radioreference.com/483116867
GP For Life December 10, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I don't think anyone tuly believes the GPPDs are doing a poor job. The issue that many of us are concerned with is the enforcement methods. Our police force is more reactive and less proactive these days. There was a time when you could drive from Alter to Cadieux without seeing at the very least one cop and more-than-likely two cops, no matter what time it was. The cops used to knock heads on Mack. I drove a beater in high school and I knew if I was driving on Mack there was a high probability I was getting pulled over. When we were young'uns and walking everywhere we had to be, you better believe the cops stopped us and asked us questions, and we didn't even look suspicious. Basically, we can expect this "drop" in crime to continue until we make it clear that we want our cops to dominate the streets, not just patrol them. I am GP For Life and there will be blood.
Bob Frapples December 11, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Reactive rather than proactive is exactly the problem. Sit and wait to responde to the report of a crime that has all ready happened rather than patrol to prevent it from having happened in the first place.

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