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 30, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Gee...isn't it funny how these are all close to our wonderful neighbors in Detroit? What a great city they have there. The words of wisdom here are "be a nosy neighbor" and report ANY suspicious activity..ANY at all. Call 943-3030. Of course, it might help if our wonderful Mayor O'Reilly and Chief Haddad would insist on more neighborhood patrols throughout our neigborhoods, especially those bordering Detroit. But, don't bet either of them would actually do so. We need a change in our city's leadership. Where are you Tom Tafelski?
bitsy08 January 30, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Why don't you start your own Neighborhood Watches? In this day and age, the police can't be everywhere. We had a woman in DH who left a diamond ring in the front seat of her car and it was stolen. Rivals the guy who left his car running while he went into the house in stupidity.
laplateau January 30, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Bitsy---having the necessity to create neighborhood watches is one of the first signs of police patrol failure in any city. Of course police cannot be everywhere all the time. That postulation on your part is over simplification and ridiculous. The idea of more police patrols in the areas where most crime is being committed is the visual aspect it creates for criminals. The more times a police vehicle patrols in any area regularly does not mean that they will necessarily catch criminals in the act of committing something nefarious, but criminals will quickly note the police presence and find other areas to commit their dirty deeds. It is a proven deterrent. That's why shopping malls have their private security in parking lots with their yellow flashers running, or cops walking a beat, or uniformed guards in any location. ...it's a visual deterrent. I know for a fact that I rarely see any police patrols in my area of town...at least not IN the neighborhoods driving up and down the side streets. I have left these suggestions on more than one occasion with both our Mayor and Police Chief.....never heard back from them, never even the courtesy of a return call.
bitsy08 January 30, 2013 at 04:08 PM
That's your opinion and you're entitled to it. I happen to believe and have seen it proven that when you have "eyes" in the neighborhood other than your police force, it helps to cut down on crime. We have a Neighborhood Watch in my neighborhood and we haven't had a crime in years. The one we did have I reported "suspicious" activity to the police and they caught a guy who had not only robbed one of my neighbors but they had gotten a report of this same guy in another neighborhood. As far as your comment about "police patrol failure," with all due respect we have patrols through here ALL the time. As I said, it takes us working WITH the police to help them do their job.
marooned in Dbn January 30, 2013 at 04:20 PM
marooned in Dbn January 30, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Since we all know that the police can't be everywhere at once, residents should call 911 to report suspicious activity. WE are the eyes of the police, where their eyes can't be.
laplateau January 30, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Yes...be nosy neighbors AND REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. But, I think that having to create and administer a formal neighborhood watch is a sign of not enough police patrols. I am not sure where you live Bitsy, but I bet you are a west ender and not bordering Detroit. The east end bears the brunt of criminal activity. Take a look at Crime Mappers and it’ll prove my point. Or, just look at the Dearborn Patch reports of where these things are happening and you’ll see they are mostly in the north eastern neighborhoods within a few blocks or less of Detroit. If that is where the crime is occurring most, that’s where more patrols and police presence is needed. You say that your neighborhood has a neighborhood watch you haven’t experienced any crime in years. Do you really think that is a really a result of a neighborhood watch, or simply that you don’t have any crime in your area? After all, what is a neighborhood watch going to report if there is no crime going on? Lucky you!!!!
bitsy08 January 30, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I repeat. You're entitled to your opinion.
laplateau January 30, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Bitsy...it's NOT just an opinion. It is backed up by fact. I know that sometimes facts are hard things to recognize and digest for some people, but nonetheless, they are there. The fact that you already admit there is no crime in your area only further proves my point. How can your neighborhood watch be the reason you have no crime if there isn't any that even they don't see to report? Could it be you have much more police presence in the west end? That wouldn't surprise me at all. But most likely it is because you are in an area not bordering on Detroit, Inkster, etc., and not in an area as densely populated as the east end. Many more houses, garages, cars, people here and many more oppotunites for theft or other crime
bitsy08 January 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM
You know, I was trying to be nice by saying - as you should have - that you're entitled to your opinion. But you continue to belabor YOUR point in hopes that I will say - Okay - you're right. Not gonna happen. I'm ALSO entitled to my opinion. Give it a rest for Pete's sake.
Neighborhood Watcher January 31, 2013 at 12:23 AM
laplateau, to be blunt, bitsy is right and you're not. Marked police cars conducting "neighborhood patrols" can't possibly be concentrated enough to make a difference. Plain clothes police in cars that don't look like police cars CAN be effective to catch car thieves after a pattern is seen and they can concentrate on a particular area. Before that happens, marked police cars are best used on busier roads that tend to NOT be in neighborhoods. They can see a lot more cars this way, make a lot more stops and be more effective both as a deterrent and in catching criminals on traffic stops. What YOU seem to want is a publicly-financed security guard just for your neighborhood. Even if you tripled the size of the police department, it wouldn't result in enough cars to provide "neighborhood patrols" for everyone who wants it. So Bitsy is right. If you want criminals in your neighborhood to know that "somebody is watching us", start a neighborhood patrol and get your friends and neighbors to participate. As to how the police are doing: You live in an inner-ring suburb of Detroit, murder capital of the free world. Considering that the border is nothing more than a street as compared to a large wall, I'd say the police are doing a pretty good job based on the police blotter reports. You see a lot of thefts. I see very few considering where we live.
laplateau January 31, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Dear Neighborhood...I agree that unmarked cars would be best for such patrols. I never said anything about wanting more marked (or unmarked) cars patrolling my neighborhood...simply MORE police patrols. And, your comment about me wanting a" publicly-financed security guard just for your neighborhood" is over the top in regard to anything I said. My point is that I want more patrols in the neighborhoods. Not just mine, but all, especially where the crime is more prevalent. You say it is belter to have police on our main thoroughfares to make stops for traffic violations in the hope they will find more criminals? First, that's like looking for water in the desert or like looking groceries at Macy’s. You are just not going to find much of either in the wrong places. Yes, police can occasionally find someone with open warrants that would allow them to search the car, but I don’t believe it occurs that often. Most of those traffic stops only result in a speeding ticket being issued. Second, I believe the first priority for our police should be protecting our neighborhoods and those that live there.
laplateau January 31, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Also, Neighborhood....Patrolling Michigan Ave, Ford Road, Greenfield, Evergreen, etc., where there are no houses and neighborhoods and people to protect is simply counter-productive. We have people being held up in their driveways and on the streets in the neighborhoods, not on the major thoroughfares. And, Neighborhood Watch is not usually citizens on regular scheduled patrols. It simply means that police encourage people to be alert in their own very limited realm of their immediate neighborhood. It simply is not the same as police patrols. I think our main disagreement here is where the polcie should be most often...and I believe that should be where we live most of our lives...our neighborhoods. I n the words of the inimitable Bitsy, you are entitled to your opinion, no matter how wrong...LOL! My words, not hers.
bitsy08 January 31, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Lord. I give up. You're right and everyone else is wrong!
laplateau January 31, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Gee Bitsy...did I hit another nerve? Don't be so sensitive. You would never make it in the political arena with such thin skin. Toughen up, girl! This is a debate with the pro/con arguments. Don’t take things so personally. I like you because you offfer some good points for which to debate and in many ways have the very opposite view. That just provides more fodder for debate upon which to differ. Don't get mad, get even...LOL, just kidding. I am not ever (or very seldom) politically correct and there is little leeway for anyone to doubt where I am coming from on most all topics. C'mon, let's make up. Will you be my Valentine? I promise that I will be very nice to you at least until February 15, the day after Valentine's Day.
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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