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Screen on Lawn Alerts Farms Man to Burglary

The Grosse Pointe Farms police are investigating the burglary that happened Monday afternoon in which a screen and earrings alerted the homeowner to the crime.

police are investigating the burglary of a Shelbourne home that happened Monday between 12:15 to 2:10 p.m. in which a screen found on the lawn alerted the resident to the crime.

Several earrings that were found on the ground outside and near a doorway were the next alert to the resident.

According to a report, the resident called police upon arriving home to find a screen on his lawn and several earrings outside his house and near a side doorway.

The resident told officers the items were taken from a front bedroom dresser and that another bedroom was not disturbed.

A resident who lives nearby reported to police seeing a young man during that time walking down the street.

Three watches were stolen, each estimated to be worth about $100. The homeowner told officers he would not be filing an insurance claim due to the level of loss, according to a report.

It is not known if this burglary is related to others recently that involved screens being pushed out so entry could be gained into the home. Patch is attempting to obtain more information from detectives.

There were . Those cases also remain under investigation.

while residents slept inside.

The public safety departments of the Grosse Pointes have urged residents to be conscious of their windows and doors and to lock them to deter such crime.

Meanwhile, Grosse Pointe Farms police are also investigating a burglary of a home in the 400 block of Moran in which a resident went for a bike ride and returned home to find a jewelry box and its contents missing.

The resident left his house about 3 p.m. and reported the crime about 6:45 p.m. Aug. 7 to police.

He told officers he was home for about an hour before realizing anything was missing and that he left his back door unlocked when he went for the bike ride. Among the items stolen are two Rolex watches valued at $5,000 each; a pearl necklace, a charging station and the jewelry box, according to a report.

Anyone with information is asked to call Grosse Pointe Farms police at 313-885-2100.

Bradley Coopersmith August 14, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Can we please start getting descriptions of who we should be looking out for? How are we supposed to be proactive if we don't know what to look for. Patch, please insist that the police give you full descriptions so we can be informed. (i.e., white, black, hispanic, and what they were wearing). thanks
GP For Life August 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM
This is becoming a weekly occurence. Time to step up enforcement.
Chris K August 15, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Yes, it is time to step up enforcement and short of combining public safety departments which is a no-no, there should be a combined and continuous police patrol and presence the length of Mack Avenue. If public safety departments are justified in telling us to lock our windows and doors to deter crime then we should be justified in asking for a visible police presence.
Bradley Coopersmith August 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM
well at least we can count on police presence on the North side of Vernier, cherry picking people on their way to 94 heading to work in the morning.
Bob Frapples August 15, 2012 at 04:54 PM
i think indicating someone's race is now seen as "politically incorrect"
Bradley Coopersmith August 15, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Bob, In that case i am going to start ad-libbing these reports. for example in the paragraph above instead of reading: "A resident who lives nearby reported to police seeing a young man during that time walking down the street." it will read: "A resident who lives nearby reported to police seeing a young man, who appeared Asian and about 4' tall, dressed in a leprechaun outfit during that time walking down the street." I figure it's better than nothing.
Savvy Shopper August 15, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Do any of these people have security systems? Are these alarms being tripped during robberies? This is becoming a daily issue. I am starting arrive home wondering if I have been robbed.
Bob Frapples August 15, 2012 at 05:45 PM
haha, i've said the same thing many times. give specifics and as many of them as they can.
GP For Life August 15, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Bradley, I totally understand your frustration here. It seems like the cops are sometimes more interested in writing speeding tickets and DUIs/MIPs to residents and their spawn than they are in stopping crime. We must weigh this with the fact that our police departments, like almost all others, are in fact tax collectors. Municipal police forces have a mandate to generate revenue, which they do by writing tickets. Even if departments deny they have quotas, rest assured they do. What I am trying to say is, we either pay higher taxes or we transfer the burden to traffic violators, but it's a tax either way. With regard to the question of crime prevention, I believe that a more agressive constabulary would help solve at least part of our problems.
Chris K August 15, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Maybe our residents need to initiate something akin to the Guardian Angels. If the constables don't want to patrol Mack we can do so sporting pink and green berets!
Bob Frapples August 15, 2012 at 10:17 PM
"more interested in writing speeding tickets and DUIs/MIPs than they are I stopping crime"...last time I checked all three of those things are crimes as well, did they change that? I'm going to let my 16 year old get loaded and do 90mph on Lakeshore while the police are patrolling Charlevoix looking for lurkers.
Bradley Coopersmith August 16, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Quick question: Lately i have been seeing an awful lot of unsupervised youths walking the streets in groups at 10 PM and later down Mack and side streets. Do the Pointes have a curfew for minors? if so, is it being enforced? I know its summer and i am all for letting kids have fun but I also know nothing good happens when kids are by themselves in groups, especially late at night.
Chris K August 16, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Bradley: I would think you have to check the city codes for Pointes. Below is a small portion from Grosse Pointe Park. And.. just because there are ordinances on the books does not mean they are enforced. Sec. 16-112. Curfew for Persons Age 15-16. (a) No person over the age of 14 and under the age of 17 shall loiter, idle, congregate or otherwise be in or on any public street, highway, alley, park or other place open to the general public or generally accessible to the public between the hours of 12 o’clock a.m. and 6 o’clock a.m., unless such person is accompanied by a parent or guardian, or some adult delegated by the parent or guardian to accompany such person.
GP For Life August 16, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Bob, this is a good example of a strawman argument and a red herring used in combination. Despite how years of conditioning with propaganda from MADD and what not, DUIs are not a crime against people or property. Same goes for speeding and MIPs. Your example is something enitrely different. I would also submit that if there is a 16 year-old doing 90 down Lakeshore a high-speed pursuit would just endanger more lives so therefor the police would be of better use looking for lurkers. Especially given the chances of a confrontation with a homeowner.
MRSPirateLarz August 16, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I know that when I turned 17 (back in the 90s) that the curfew in all the GPs was 10pm for anyone under 18. I doubt it has changed. I know a few of the pointes had a slight differences in the curfew (like GPP does from Chris K's comment).
Chris K August 16, 2012 at 04:50 PM
The ordinance citation was just an example for a specific age group in a specific town but IF the ordinances vary from city to city which I rather doubt is the case, why aren't we working to make sure we as the Grosse Pointes have the same sorts of values codified throughout our community, whether it be noise ordinances, loitering or safety around schools? The failure to be unified as one city has cost us any hope of representation in the state legislature and I am beginning to think that the scattering about of community is not lending itself to preserving what we value in the community. We need to start a conversation about how our community can remain viable.
GP For Life August 16, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Chris K and Bradley, reconciling our teen curfews won't really prevent the type of crime that I am personally worried about. To be frank, I don't care what the hell our teenagers are doing as long as they have good grades and aren't trying to steal my TV. I agree, when teenagers get together in groups with nothing to do they will find something to do. That something is usually far from productive but for the most part these hijinks aren't destructive. What I worry about are cars being stripped in our very own driveways, vehicular B+E, and residential B+E. While some of these crimes in the past have been attributable to teenagers within our community they represent a miniority of the problem. You should look to deal with the majority before pursuing this minority. It's real easy to want to just start cracking down blindly but whenever an officer is warning one of kids about the "dangers" of under-age drinking or whatever, it's one less officer cracking skulls on Mack. In percentage terms of manpower, this is considerable.
Chris K August 16, 2012 at 06:52 PM
GP : I am all for an organized effort in the Grosse Pointes to make our community safe and secure. This would include Neighborhood Watch, making sure the 4 Grosse Pointes that border Mack have a continuous coordinated patrol (each city takes a 6 hour shift and reports to the appropriate jurisdiction) and that our ordinances don't lend itself to mischief or nuisances -whether that is in caring for ones real or personal property. It would include regular reports by the Chiefs of Police in the community on the government access channel. I just don't see any one in leadership positions taking any initiative to address these sorts of concerns because they don't see any statistical significance in the crimes that occur. If that is the case, that crime is down (as opposed to teenage mischief or DUI's) maybe we need to reduce the size of our public safety departments and save ourselves some tax dollars so we can install alarms on our houses.
Bob Frapples August 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM
When I was 11 years old my brother was killed by a drunk driver...jump forward two decades and I was living on Grayton when my house was broken into during a warm Saturday afternoon while I was at work. The crooks took just about everything that had a plug: a couple TVs, a couple computers, DVD players, stereo, etc. since then I have replaced all of those things but my brother is still dead. "not a crime against people"...how dare you make such a statement. "propaganda by MADD"? You are far too cynical. Perhaps you'll change your view if a tragedy like this ever occurs involving a family member of yours. I've seen you and a couple others on the forum talk about cops giving out revenue building tickets instead of going after "real criminals" and I frequently point out my view of that logic, now you know why.

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