Burglar Kicks In Front Door on Kerby Road

Grosse Pointe Farms police are asking anyone who may have information to call 313-885-2627. Callers should ask for Detective John Walko.

police are investigating a burglary in the 400 block of Kerby Road in which a television, jewelry, a watch and golf clubs were stolen Thursday.

The front door of the home was kicked in, which is unusual, Farms Detective John Walko said. Typically on a busy street, burglars are not likely to enter through the front door, especially by kicking it in, Walko said.

Doing so puts the burglar at higher risk for being seen by others, he said.

The 50-year-old homeowner discovered the burglary about 2:15 p.m. Thursday upon arriving home. He found his front door kicked open and went inside to discover several items missing, according to a report.

He then searched the home, but no one was there. Then he called police and waited for them on the front lawn, according to the report.

The television is valued at $300, the watch at $250, two rings at  a combined total of $800 and the golf clubs at about $1,000.

Walko said he has been knocking on doors and trying to reach out of people in the area to see if anyone noticed anything out of the ordinary or people who are unfamiliar to the neighborhood.

He is encouraging anyone with information to call, even if they wish to remain anonymous.

Thus far, he believes the crime was committed early in the morning after the resident may have left for work and when it was light outside, Walko said, although it could have happened any time during the day.

A variety of evidence was gathered from the house, much of which is still being evaluated, Walko said. A vehicle was likely used to haul the stolen goods from the house, Walko said, noting the items were not easily concealable or normal items one might be seen carrying while walking down the street.

Anyone with information should call 313-885-2627 and ask for Detective John Walko.

anthony neme May 05, 2012 at 03:17 AM
This does not bode well since I live on Kerby literally a few houses away. With all of the traffic and the chief living on the same block in addition to the station being on Kerby, it's a brazen act. Wow, it's gotten so bad that random acts are done in broad daylight through the front door no less and no-one sees it happen?!?!
Steve Harwood May 05, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Tony - When I first read about this a few days ago, I thought it sounded a little fishy. Having just read it again - I still do.
Chris K May 06, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Fishy or not, it's time the Grosse Pointe police departments get together as ONE and create a template for Neighborhood Watch programs. The training sessions could be recorded and played on the public access channels through Grosse Pointe War Memorial which receives a portion of our cable bills for public, educational and government programming. I can't think of a better use of our tax dollars and cable fees.
Pete Waldmeir, GP Woods May 06, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Grosse Pointe real estate values are low enough already. Putting up signs that we require a Neighborhood Watch ain't gonna make them any better, for sure. Home invasion (personally I prefer the term burglary) certainly is not a new phenomenon in the Grosse Pointes. Or anywhere else in the Metro area for that matter. I just had to pay a new $60 fee to "register" my residential alarm system with the Grosse Pointe Woods police. Of all the stupid fees the city administration levies, in retrospect it's probably the most worthwhile.
Chris K May 06, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Pete: I call all those extra fees and increases the "silent mills". I think if the taxpayer would start to add the fees and increase together they would quickly realize they are paying the equivalent of a mill or more that does not show up on their tax bill!
Pete Waldmeir, GP Woods May 06, 2012 at 08:37 PM
You are so right, Chris. Fees are nothing more than hidden taxes that nobody voted for. Like the last three tax boosts in Grosse Pointe Woods that were done without a vote. Now they want us to give them a Headlee Override that's a blank check for $1.2 million a year to spend wherever they choose? Vote No.
Bill May 07, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Chris, what's up with pimping the neighborhood watch? I tend to agree with the other poster here, when I see those signs I think I am in a bad area that has high crime and can't control it. I don't think we are there yet, but need to do something before we get there
AnnMarie May 08, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Neighborhood watch means the police can't control the crime in the area, so the residents are getting together to protect themselves. If I have to protect myself, I can move to a lower rent district--that is a TERRIBLE idea. We have a wonderful police department that will address our crime issues.
anthony neme May 09, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Well, as fishy as it sounds, and closer the higher digit to Mack, and perhaps higher instances of crime (Detroit being right across the street) I cannot agree with signs,signs everywhere a sign (Five Man Electrical Band). This is just a indication of things to come as the economy worsens and the Pointes become a proverbial island in a sea of turmoil. The respective departments have their work cut out for them in the coming years and hope they can carry the load with shrinking budgets. I do have faith in them, but we as citizens of this fine group of communities have to watch out for each other for the common good and speak up when we see things happen. If we choose not to, then it will become just another street crime as it is in Detroit where "no-one" saw or heard anything.
Chris K May 09, 2012 at 11:33 AM
I guess if we look at Neighborhood Watch programs as what happens in neighborhoods before they become unsafe, then the comments above may make sense but below is part of the description of the Tucson Neighborhood Watch program. I don't see why we and our police departments can't work together without becoming fearful that such cooperation will make the community undesirable or like Detroit. But I am a single voice, the leadership should come from the police chiefs, city managers and respective city councils. Neighborhood Watch signs should be considered no less offensive than bulletproof glass in some of our local businesses which could just as easily deter new residents to the area. Neighborhood Watch is simply a program of neighbors watching out for each other during the workday, evenings, vacations or any other absence. The purpose of the Neighborhood Watch program is to create an alert neighborhood by using simple crime prevention methods. The program works through the mutual aid of neighbors watching the property of other neighbors. This has several advantages, including the fact that your neighbors know who you are, what type of car you drive, and who belongs, as a rule, at your residence. A patrol officer driving by your home might not recognize someone as a stranger in your yard. However, an alert neighbor would recognize the person as a stranger. They could then call 9-1-1 to alert police of the suspicious activity.
Patty Blondell May 09, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I've lived in the Pointes most of my life. I think the residents know we have a great police department and don't hesitate to call if they see something suspicious. Do we really need a sign to state the obvious.
Chris K May 09, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Katie: You may be on to something. Why not have people file such reports on line and have paraprofessionals confirm the report? Let's face it, these reports are as much for the insurance company as anything else. It would leave our police for more important issues.


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