Farms Police Arrest Man in Rash of Break-Ins

Grosse Pointe Farms police arrested a 29-year-old man Monday in connection with a series of thefts from vehicles that happened over the weekend.

A 29-year-old man familiar to Grosse Pointe Farms police is expected to be arraigned on charges this week related to a rash of thefts from vehicles overnight from Saturday to Sunday.

Grosse Pointe Farms police arrested the man early Monday after searching his Detroit apartment and recovering at least one GPS stolen in the weekend crimes, Detective Lt. Rich Rosati said.

There is additional evidence including footprint impressions gathered at one scene that match the shoe print of the man, who has a noteably large foot, and blood evidence, Rosati said.

Residents in the 200 blocks of Cloverly, Merriweather and Kenwood Court reported a variety of items stolen including loose change, CDs, a GPS and sunglasses from their cars overnight Saturday to Sunday. In some cases, the residents found their vehicles with doors and glove boxes ajar and all appeared to have been rummaged through, according to reports. 

Blood found inside a car on Kenwood Court is suspected to be that of the man arrested Monday as his cell phone was recovered from a car broken into on Merriweather, also stained with blood, according to reports.

In addition to the thefts, two fences in the area were damaged, which Rosati said is believed to have been done by the man arrested Monday. The blood is likely the result of him running through the fences between crimes, he said.

The man had scratches on his body to match the damage of the fences when he was arrested, Rosati said.

In addition to the valuables and money stolen, one resident reported her passport, her son's passport and her green card stolen from her vehicle. The passports were not recovered during the search of the man's apartment Monday but Rosati said it could be related. Whether or not there is any street value to passports is unknown, Rosati said.

The man arrested has a criminal history with similar convictions and had been on parole for larceny from a motor vehicle convictions.

Rosati said the exact charges will be determined by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

GP For Life January 15, 2013 at 01:30 PM
The fact the police went all CSI on this "crime spree" fills my heart with joy. Unfortunately, I am not sure what the forensics backlog will do for the case.
Todd January 18, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Keep up the good work GPFPD!
walden schmidt January 18, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Agree and It's not the first time. Last year they caught one of the guys breaking into cars by tracking his movements thru the GPS tether he was wearing.


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