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Grosse Pointe Shores Police Warn of Burglars

Residents are urged to call 911 if they see anything suspicious after a trio of burglaries Grosse Pointe Shores police believe were committed by the same group of people.

Grosse Pointe Shores police are investigating three burglaries they believe to be related and are asking residents to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.

According to a press release issued Monday, three homes in the Shores have been burglarized in January and police believe the same group of people are responsible. In all three crimes, police believe the burglars have been spotted casing homes in the daytime and returning at night. 

The burglars have been looking for homes where there appears to be no one home based on activity in the snow and other indicators, according to a press release by Detective Lt. Scott Rohr.

They have been spotted approaching homes with a shovel and with a child during the daytime and then the same night been dropped off. In one case, a witness reported seeing the driver park in another driveway about a block away but still within view of the home being targeted, according to the release.

The group is stealing items they are able to carry in backpacks, nothing larger, according to police.

Police have provided a partial description of the burglars: two men in their late teens or early 20s carrying backpacks in addition to the driver, for whom there is not a description.

The vehicles involved may include: a smaller SUV, a maroon Trailblazer and a full-sized dark-colored sedan.

More specific information about generally where in the Shores the burglaries happened has not been released nor has any specific information about what specific kind of items have been stolen. Patch is attempting to gather additional information.

Residents are urged to call 911 if they spot anything suspicious.

Amy January 28, 2013 at 07:23 PM
What area of the Shores got hit?
Mike A. January 28, 2013 at 07:43 PM
In order to know what to look for are they white, black, neon green?
Bill IV January 28, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Why do they always leave off race in the description? It's a pretty big detail to be missing.
Harlan Hatcher January 29, 2013 at 01:37 AM
It's in the police report. So go figure.
Jason R. January 29, 2013 at 11:21 AM
They leave the race off because they want to be PC and not offend anyone. We all know what is happening in the Pointes and everywhere else in the metro Detroit area. I for one will be calling 911 if I see anything suspicious on my street especially a black person, not because of their color, but because i KNOW that they dont live on my street!!!!! and I urge everyone else to do the same.
Julie Lattimore January 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Yesterday, I saw a very suspicious looking couple shoveling my neighbors driveway. I thought it was odd, the shovelers had a child with them. I was stunned when I returned hours later and the driveway was never shoveled. If there was a description I would have know whether I should call the police or not. I called the police station to report it and they didn't know what I was talking about, I guess they don't read the Patch. I would really appreciate a better description, I would like to know if my block is being cased out by the same gang. I live in the Farms.
Jason R. January 29, 2013 at 02:10 PM
I heard that they have 2 descriptions of the suspects that are totally different. One describes them as 2 light skinned black males in their late teens or early 20s. The other is described as white males in a pickup or SUV.
Frank Walshingham January 29, 2013 at 02:35 PM
What did the Shores officials think would happen when Mayor Cooper got rid of the in house dispatch as a cost saving measure??? I sure don't remember that there was any level of public support for this move from the members of the GP Shores Public Safety Department. In fact behind the scenes the cops and the dispatchers were warning citizens this move would be no good! Wasn't the move one of the fiscal measures promoted by current mayor and then finance chair Ted Kedzierski? Bad things happen when you try to scrimp in providing the most essential service that a city is supposed to provide to the public!
Frank Walshingham January 29, 2013 at 03:30 PM
More details at: http://www.candgnews.com/news/another-shores-home-invasion-reported
Julie Lattimore January 29, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Thanks Jason. This happened in the a.m., it was a black woman and man with a boy on a bike, you read that right, a bike in the snowstorm. My neighbor has a huge driveway and I thought it was strange they would hire a woman with a child to hand-shovel. The boy was around 10/12 yrs old. My husband spoke with our neighbor, the family was uninvited. They didn't have a car and they weren't going door to door. The couple pretended to shovel when they saw me, while the boy rode around in circles in the snowy street.
Bill IV January 30, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Thanks, Frank. Now that is a police report. Patch or the police need to get it together, otherwise just stop posting useless information and go report on how to bake an applie pie.
Julie Lattimore January 31, 2013 at 12:08 AM
I agree Bill IV, Frank's link was very helpful It gave a description of what to look out for, specific neighborhoods, and a number to call. In the Patch we were told to call, 911, that is way too extreme to report mere suspicious activity. I was impressed with this new website, I hope in the future they put together a comprehensive crime report with an interactive map in G.P., Thankscandgnews.com sounds like the future. I'd love it if the Patch would do it, but so far, not yet....

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