2 Tire, Rim Thefts Likely Related in Farms

Grosse Pointe Farms police are investigating the thefts of tires and rims taken from two different residents overnight in which the thieves brought their own landscaping blocks to hoist the SUVs.

Two residents—one a 75-year-old woman—are likely victims of the same thieves who stole their tires and rims overnight from July 3 to 4.

Both own Ford Edge SUVs, according to reports, and both discovered their vehicles without tires and rims early July 4. Both had also been placed on landscaping blocks.

Grosse Pointe Farms Detective Brian Ford said he is investigating a lead in the case. He explained the thieves are believed to have brought in their own blocks to place the vehicles on as those used could not be found on the victim's properties or any of their neighbors properties.

Additionally, the landscaping of the same properties did not appear to be in disarray or to be disturbed at all, Ford said.

In the first case, the owner had parked in his driveway in the 60 block of Meadow Lane on July 3. He reported hearing a "whirling" sound to police about 11:40 p.m. and believes the sound could have been a wrench being used to loosen the lugnuts, according to his report.

In the other case, a woman also owning a Ford Edge reported her tires and rims stolen early July 4 after leaving her house for a morning walk and finding it on landscaping blocks.

The lugnuts were left behind on the driveway of the home in the 60 block of Moross Road.

The value for each SUV is about $2,000 for a total of $4,000, according to reports.

GP For Life July 10, 2012 at 07:13 PM
This is a direct stab at the heart of the bubble. These incursions must be stopped!
Bill IV July 10, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Lots of crime happening in the Farms. Home invasions galore. My car was broken into last year in my driveway. Whatever the police are doing to stop this isn't working. Time to revise your plan.
Mark July 10, 2012 at 07:38 PM
These are deep in the heart. Granted it is a terrible idea to live on Moross in the first place but that's no excuse for a lapse in protection so close to Lakeshore.
Chris K July 10, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I'm rather surprised we aren't being warned to lock our wheels to prevent crimes of opportunity as is the usual case here.The Grosse Pointes need to organize Neighborhood Watch programs and televise the hows and whats on the public access channel of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. I am becoming increasingly less persuaded that we are the inviting crimes of opportunity to occur so we better start to help our public safety departments in a proactive manner.
Bill July 10, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I want to see more cops now not be told to br sure and lock my doors, as a farms resident I for one will vote yes on any millage for that, total lie that crime had not risen 10 fold in the last 20 or 30 years or even more in the last 40 or 50 years, do something now and not neighborhood watch, how about a gp stress unit?
Jason R. July 11, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Maybe GP Farms officers should be patrolling the streets overnight rather than having coffee at BP at Moross/Mack or sleeping in their patrol cars. Just a thought.
GP For Life July 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Bill, I for one am a huge fan of the stress unit idea. Though, while I agree that crime has in fact been on the uptick of late I think 10-fold even in a 20-30 year span might be hyperbole. Having grown up around the GP Police departments I do know for a fact that they have changed some of their procedures. Perhaps it is time to go back to the way things used to get done. However, we as a community must support our officers should we urge them to take that action. There could be severe operational blow-back and if that were to happen we would have to stand behind our police officers. In short, it's time to start knocking heads.
Chad Bateman July 11, 2012 at 01:33 PM
They're too busy handing out MIP's to underage WASPs at house parties along the Boulevard.
Todd July 11, 2012 at 02:55 PM
A few important things to have a look at before we draw any conclusions. http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Grosse-Pointe-Farms-Michigan.html Have a read. GPF Public safety has done a great job over the last 10 years managing auto theft and violent crime. Historically, you will find theft is pretty common in the Farms, but, given their priority on major larceny and violent crime... I call that a win. Plus, they are down an officer since 2008. The entire metro area is struggling to stay ahead of nomadic residents and low income people moving in without any civic pride. I say that GPF has done a better job than ANYONE else in Wayne Co. As residents, we have to keep our heads on a swivel and help each-other. The cops can only do so much. We residents are ultimately responsible for the community we live in. (And GPF is my #1 choice because of the quality of my neighbors, schools and city government) Stay positive and involved!!!
Diane Smith July 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Chad: Nope, they are too busy sitting in barely marked Hemi Challengers and 5.0 Mustangs trying to pop people going 5-10 over.
GP For Life July 11, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Things won't be getting any better either: http://grossepointetoday.com/news/002956-mcdonalds-open-edgeof-grosse-pointe I rather have strip club there than a McDonalds, from the point of crime prevention of course, not convenience. The Challengers and Mustangs are given to them, why not use them? I mean, sure you could raffle or auction them off for operating funds, but getting pulled over for going 5-over on Mack, but it is part of theirrevenue generation job. It also acts as a highly-visible reminder of their presence, perhaps even to people looking on from the other side of Mack. Chad, I feel you bro. We've all felt the wrath of the law breathing down our necks while we got our swerve on.
Bob Frapples July 11, 2012 at 05:28 PM
By handling small crimes such as underage drinking and only speeding "a little" it gives the police a chance to possibly stop a bigger crime in the future. I often read about police that have pulled over a driver for not using a turn signal only to find they don't have a license, no insurance, have drugs and/or guns, or have warrants for other crimes committed. I believe all, yes ALL crimes should be addressed. I haven't been stopped by the police in about a decade, why? Because there is no reason to stop me. My car is in proper working order and I obey the rules of the road, even the "small ones". Small crimes are still crimes and all crime should be addressed by the police.
Mark July 11, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Completely agree. You don't want to get pulled over? Obey the rules. It's the price of living in a civilized society. You don't want rules move to Detroit. See how well things are doing on the other side of Mack.


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