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Attempted Car Thefts Thwarted by Watchful Dearborn Residents

The following information was supplied by the Dearborn Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Multiple attempted and actual car thefts were reported within close vicinity to one another Monday, according to Dearborn police reports.

In two cases, residents witnessed the acts and scared away the would-be thieves.

Around 12:30 a.m., a resident of the 7700 block of Manor saw suspicious people standing near his neighbor's Dodge Stratus, which was parked on Morross between Miller and Manor. The man looked out his window and saw that two men were also in the front seats of the car. Once they saw that they were being watched, all four men ran from the scene.

The men were described as black males—two between the ages of 16-18 and wearing all black; and two between the ages of 18-22, one wearing all black and the other wearing black pants and a grey sweatshirt with black sleeves.

Police spoke with the owner of the car over the phone, who was out of town at the time, but said she had both keys. Officers observed that the steering column and ignition had been tampered with.

Around an hour later, a resident of the 7800 block of Hartwell went onto his porch to smoke a cigarette and witnessed several people inside of his mother's Dodge Caravan. The suspects ran south on Hartwell and west on Morross when they saw the him. He was not able to give a detailed description of the suspects.

Police noted that the steering column had been detached, but the ignition was in tact.

In the third incident, a car was reported stolen on the 7600 block of Ternes.

The Pontiac Bonneville belonging to a resident was left running while parked on the street. When the owner came out of his house to leave, the car was gone.

A neighbor told police that he had witnessed two men drive up in a 2004 white Yukon Denali with tinted windows. A passenger got out of the SUV, into the Pontiac, and both vehicles drove off north toward Tireman Avenue.

Police broadcast a report for the stolen car, but it could not be located.

laplateau January 31, 2013 at 07:26 PM
After following many posts here regarding different subject matters, it seems to validate my long standing feelings about how west enders view the state of this city as opposed to those in the east end. In many ways, and in the eyes of many, they are two separate cities, especially the way the present administration, as well as the Guido administration, has emphasized so much attention, resources and investment in the west end of town. Guido, O'Reilly, Tafelski, Sarieni, Hubbard were all east end residents, but all moved out to the west end. Why is that? What was it in the east end that made them move to the other side of town? I guess I am not sure (I have some pretty good ideas though), but their interests and focus shifted with them along with their development ideas and the very apparent lavishing of attention there rather than the east end. I think it’s apparent that the east end has received the short end of the stick. We just don't have the representation, regardless of where our representatives live, that we once had that allowed the pie to be sliced and doled out evenly. People in this town still refer to east Dearborn or west Dearborn, rather than simply Dearborn. I have no problem with people designating east or west when in general discussion about geographics, but this is one city...Dearborn. It has become a divisive mindset, and I believe to our detriment.
Rola February 03, 2013 at 02:18 AM
My car just got stolen by these same people in the white Denali. Just last night. Got in my car and drove off with it. They are targeting cars being left on to warm up. Only I went to the gas station near my house on chase and warren, went inside to pay, and my car just drove off. These men are good, quick and good. They wear hoodies and look middle eastern. I thought I had locked my car because I had my spare in my pocket, but wasnt good enough. What I would do to get my hands on them. It's a dam shame.
laplateau February 04, 2013 at 02:30 PM
The latest crime reports here on the patch tell us about 18 break-ins, car thefts, home burglaries, etc. Thirteen of the crimes occurred in the east side. This continues to affirm my position that we need more police presence in our neighborhoods, not on our main thoroughfares.
cmg March 19, 2013 at 04:29 PM
I grew up in the east end. I moved to the "west" end when I got married. Why you ask? Bigger yard. That's why. Sorry it wasn't what you hoped for. FYI, my house, in the WEST end got broken into.
bitsy08 March 19, 2013 at 04:48 PM
We also have thefts in DH which is even further. The police have to be everywhere, and just by the use of that word, we know that NO ONE can be everywhere. That's why it's up to us to help them and keep our eyes open so they can RESPOND to our calls. Whether you have a Neighborhood Watch or just neighbors who are home during the day, it's up to ALL OF US to help the police do their job.

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