Copper Pipe, Cash, Electronics Reportedly Stolen from Dearborn Home

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

A Dearborn resident’s home was ransacked and stolen from while he was away, according to Dearborn police reports.

The owner of a home on the 7122 block of Payne called police at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 to report that his home had been broken into. The resident had not been home since 9 p.m. the previous day. When he returned home and saw the rear door ajar and the house in disarray, he immediately called police.

Police officers observed a set of tire tracks leading from the north alley to the back door of the home, as well as a broken latch on the back door, indicating forced entry. The house was ransacked, with shelves left open and items all over the floor.

Stolen items included two televisions, a laptop, a Sony PlayStation 3 and video games, $100 cash and a cell phone. Additionally, police found that around 75 feet of copper pipe had been cut from the basement plumbing.

The homeowner stated that he lived alone, and that no one other than his family knew he was going to be away that evening.

Police were unable to identify any possible suspects or suspect vehicles.

For questions on this crime report, email dearborn@patch.com.

AbuHak February 16, 2013 at 02:44 AM
There's not much to steal in Detroit or anyone left to steal from, so this type of crime is happening with regularity in Dearborn. The other sad fact is that it could well be the neighbors down the street in DEARBORN doing the stealing, which has become far to common of an occurrence lately.
Lee Jacobsen February 16, 2013 at 04:48 AM
A simple regulation requiring scrap companies to retain items for two days prior to scrapping them would stop a lot of scrap metal thieves from doing their thing. How so? Items could be recovered and identified. End result? No instant cash for drugs, etc and folk would have a chance to get their property back. Have the same rule for gold and other metal salvage companies. They can afford to wait a couple of days before cashing in. The crooks are coming from Detroit. They know Dearborn folk are no where near as well armed as Detroiters, so are easy pickings. No sense in taking unnecessary chances against armed Detroiters. That is why most folk in Detroit slide through stop signs, no chance to have your car hijacked. Of course, the latest crook tactic of imitating Detroit cops may cause issues, what would you do if asked by an unmarked car in Detroit to 'pull over' with a cheesy blue light etc. ? I would ask them via long range communication .. "who is your police chief"? If they don't know it's 'Logan', then they are fake or too stupid to be cops , particularly if you don't even know the name of your own boss. Best bet is just to stay out of those 'interesting' situations.
Shawn Morasco February 16, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Its pretty sad how Dearborn has changed. I have seen this city change so much in 20 years. Crime is all over, but its sad to think that at one time I wanted to buy my first home here...now I am re-thinking that:( I live in Oxford Village and have seen the changes there as well(very sad). As a woman I can tell you this...I have a C.C.W and I am armed!!!
marooned in Dbn February 16, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Which is why I am suspicious of unmarked vans, esp. with ladders hanging on the sides. I watch them until they slide off down the street. Talking about "armed" and "CCW's", I am amazed that NY,CA,and MO, ESPECIALLY MO, are all of a sudden proposing draconian laws to confiscate all guns. This in an atmosphere of rampant crime where even houses are stripped of plumbing. I used to think that these criminals wanted to break into a home and leave as fast as possible, now it seems that they take their sweet time to do major demolition to the structure.
Lee Jacobsen February 17, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Marooned, it's all in how the con is played when stripping out the valuables in a house or garage. First the Con. Magnetic signs saying 'ACME Electrical or whatever are easy to make from any sign shop. Stick them on a large van, wear some sort of garb with an ID and have a 'ready' smile, and wait for the owner to go to work. Hear a radio in the garage, go elsewhere. Otherwise, up the driveway, jimmy the lock, and start moving trash from the truck and valuables the other way to the truck. Wave at neighbors. Once you have the basic tools, raw metals, items of value , save the bikes til last, simply close the door and drive away. At your warehouse, empty the truck. Remove the signs, and take off the fake plate. Toss the low brow hat and Clark Kent eyeglasses and workclothes and save for the next place. Far-fetched? Exactly how it happened to my garage years ago. Neighbors said they were the friendliest crooks and had no clue. The second attempt was by Detroit folk, left a trail of dropped tools in the snow, caught them robbing on the side while doing siding jobs in the neighborhood. Easy enough to toss em in jail when you can show your last 4 digits of your drivers license number engraved on tools in their possession. Happens in Dearborn, Happens everywhere, we , as homeowners and protectors of our property must be alert. At night, those Detroiters may have been shot dead, lucky the police got to them first via 911. Dearborn police are very good...


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