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Police Blotter: Remove Valuables, Lock Cars

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

police are urging residents to remove valuables from their vehicles and lock the doors following two rashes of crimes involving vehicles and homes.

The department sent out a community reminder making the request after the incidents, which included:

The theft of a vehicle from the 1700 block of Hollywood Avenue in which the owners discovered their Pontiac Bonneville missing early June 15. They parked the car there the night before and discovered it missing about 7:30 a.m.

Woods police arrested two people for attempted larceny of a garage near Hollywood and Marter also on June 15. An officer running radar patrol in the area noticed a man placing a flower pot on top of a lawn mower that was outside shortly before 2 a.m. He had been patrolling the area only 20 minutes earlier and the lawn mower was not there. He shined a spotlight onto the man, who ran between houses but was later found to be the passenger in a car that was driving on Hampton Road. Both were arrested at the scene, according to a report.

Then a GPS and camera were reported stolen from a car in the 1300 block of Aline, which resident found with an open door and open center console early June 21. He parked in driveway the night before and heard nothing suspicious overnight.

Following that report, police retrieved a missing car for a resident June 21. The resident called police shortly after 8 a.m. when he noticed his Buick Park Avenue was missing from the driveway. He had parked in his driveway the night before and discovered it missing in the morning. Police found it on Avalon in St. Clair Shores undamaged with a valet key on the passenger side seat. The car was searched and evidence was gathered before it was returned to the owner, according to a report.

Most recently, a GPS unit was stolen from unlocked car while a resident took groceries inside about 2:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Hollywood Ave.

The community alert advises residents to remove their valuables, including such items as valet keys.

Copper Plumbing Stolen

Grosse Pointe Woods police are investigating the theft of copper plumbing from a home on Littlestone Road. The owners of the home discovered the theft in the basement, where a window had also been damaged. The window is believed to have been the point of entry. Officers checked with other nearby residents, but none reported seeing anything suspicious and people had been in the home the day before, according to a report.

Jewelry – Valuable and Costume – Stolen in Burglaries

police are investigating two burglaries in which jewelry was stolen. In the first case, costume jewelry was taken from a first floor bedroom of a home in the 1400 block of Wayburn between 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. June 19. A rear door had been forced open, according to a report.

Then on June 21, between 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., silver jewelry was stolen from a second floor bedroom of a home in the 1000 block of Bishop. The front door of the home was pried open, according to a report.

Thefts from Vehicles, Garages

Grosse Pointe Park police are investigating a variety of thefts from vehicles and garages:

  • two weed trimming tools were stolen from an unlocked garage in the 1200 block of Wayburn June 17-18
  • a leather portfolio with paperwork was stolen from a car parked in the 15000 block of Mack Avenue on June 18; the window was smashed out of the vehicle
  • a mountain bike was stolen from an unlocked garage in the 700 block of Whittier Road June 8-12
  • a cell phone was stolen from the locker room at Windmill Pointe Park on June 19
  • paperwork, including a vehicle registration, were stolen from a car parked in the 1400 block of Maryland on June 21; the window was smashed out of the vehicle
  • a bicycle with training wheels was stolen from the front porch of a home in the 1000 block of Wayburn on June 23.

If you have any questions about this report, email sara.eaton-martin@patch.com

GP For Life June 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I think it's time to step-up enforcement intensity.
Chris K June 27, 2012 at 01:02 PM
So are we blaming the victims much like the rape victim is accused of being too provocative? How do we lock up our copper plumbing? But not to worry, there are many reports that say incidents of crime in the Pointes are down, it's reporting that is up.
Love the Pointe's June 27, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I do not believe they are blaming the victims, however, a little commom sense will go a long way. Taking valuables out of your car at night and locking your car and home doors should seem to be a simple way to stop crimes of oppurtunity. I also agree that more patrol officers on the road would be a great idea. I know that every Grosse Pointe department has reduced their manpower due to decreasing revenues, I just hope we will all support small increases in millages when needed for public safety.
Bob Frapples June 27, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I'm amazed week after week when reading the GP Crime Watch at all the thinks stolen from unlocked vehicles, and it's almost always things like purses, laptops & iPods. Having stuff taken from your car is a very easily prevented crime. Hide or remove them and locking the door takes just seconds. I know," how do criminals know the door is unlocked unless they are checking?"...regardless, and "checking handles" is just something a lot of young guys do these days whether they're looking to steal stuff or not. Like just walking down the street, on the way to a friends house, why not check the door handles on a few cars along the way...and that's just in "bad neighborhoods". Lock your doors, fellow Pointers, it could save a lot of hassle.
Bob Frapples June 27, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Oops, meant to say, that's not just in BAD neighborhoods. "checking handles" happens all over but it is worse on some areas than others.
walden schmidt June 27, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Additional patrols really won't stop these types of crimes, it's a change in behavior that will. People have to realize these are crimes of opportunity that do not require a special skill or tools and can be committed in a matter of seconds. A thief walks down the sidewalk, when they see a car with valuables, they try the door handle. If it’s locked they continue walking; if it’s open they grab the valuables before moving on. If we eliminate the opportunity, we eliminate the crime. The residents can help by not leaving valuables in their cars or if they must, put them where they are not visible and always lock the doors. Also, if you see something that doesn't look right, call the police.
Bill June 28, 2012 at 12:30 AM
More patrols will help, start profiling and no I am not just talking about race, some person walking around who looks suspicious stop them and talk to them, there is no way these kind of crimes are not way up, before gps laptops scrap prices this did not happen like now.

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