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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.

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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