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Posted on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 12:26 p.m.

2 home invasions reported in Ann Arbor Township

By John Counts

Police are investigating two home invasions in which thieves swiped jewelry, money and electronics in Ann Arbor Township Wednesday.

Deputies from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the 1000 block of Dhu Varren Road for a daytime break-in. Police believe the home was entered through an unlocked door, according to a news release. The home was ransacked and numerous items including cameras, a television, laptops, video game systems jewelry and a cell phone were reported stolen.

Deputies were dispatched to a second break-in Wednesday at a home in the 4000 block of Joy Road. The suspect or suspects entered the home through an unsecured door and targeted jewelry and money to steal, police said.

There are no suspects at this time. Police continue to investigate.

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Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 2:39 p.m.

If there's a lock on a door, why not lock it??? Unless they forgot or something.

Ann English

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 11:12 p.m.

I wonder if police helicopters could help catch burglars who break into homes on dead-end roads, like Dhu Varren Road is. I know, it has two dead ends, one on each side of US-23. But the more directions police can approach a burglar from, the better. The other break-in took place very near a road named after Mother Theresa; I wonder if that burglar thought he would be more likely to be "tolerated," or given more leniency, in that area.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 11:54 a.m.

Having lived in Ann Arbor for a number of years until moving away, I noticed a couple of disquieting trends. A2 is a very friendly place to panhandlers, street people, drifters, etc. And, the population of these types have skyrocketed over the last few years. They've literally taken over places like Liberty Plaza. I visited last Summer and was panhandled every block ... and heckled by your shadow City Council members meeting at Liberty Plaza. One has got to believe that after hanging out at Liberty Plaza ... and every corner/intersection in the City panhandling during the day, these individuals and like minded folks from nearby communities are planning their home invasions by night. Short-term ... as others have said ... lock your doors and consider bars on your windows. Ann Arborites have let this crime problem spiral out of control over the years. The only way to fix it is to put a stop to the revolving door justice system in A2 and Washtenaw County. Start electing tough on crime politicians, including judges. Yes, you may have to elect a few Repulicans to get the job done. Look to the east at Detroit ... that may be your future Ann Arborites. YOU still have time ... but not a lot.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 10:05 p.m.

@ cibachrome, re: "B & E (now fashionably called 'home invasion')..." I don't know about "fashionably," but I do know that the term is used this way only in Michigan, after some "Tough On Crime" Michigan politicians decided to rename it, back in the mid-90s. Like "Right To Work," and "Death Tax, it is a made-up phrase, designed around a specific political agenda, and should be treated as such. The rest of the country uses the phrase "Home Invasion" to describe what it used to describe, the almost-always-armed invasion of an OCCUPIED dwelling, quite often complete with duct-tape binding-and-gagging, and accompanied by at least the threat of even more violence against the occupants. When I pointed this out to once, they replied, "Your suggestion to run a story regarding police terminology is a good idea and we'll consider it for future coverage," but, "Your comment has been hidden from the actual story to keep the conversation on track..." I'm still waiting for that "future coverage."

Zultan Smith

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 4:35 a.m.

Well at least they'll have the terminlogy right when somebody ends up shooting a home invader.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 9:28 p.m.

In this age of plastic why do so many victims of home invasion lose cash? Other than the spare change jar it seems like everyone but me has read the same book about disaster preparedness. Advising people to keep a cache of bills at home - just in case. Is the author by any chance local?


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 6:12 p.m.

How exactly would you suggest that a government (city, county or state) solve this problem? Police respond to take a crime report. That's all they can do. Judges let the perpetrators off with a light or meaningless sentence. That's all they can or want to do. Lawyers get the criminals reduced sentenses on technicalities . Ultimately, the protection of your stuff is in your hands. If you had a Neighborhood Watch that might shoo troublemakers away. If you had gates and good fences around your place, that might make some crooks go on to another home. If you had a watch dog, that could get your dog hurt. If you have some time to stay at home and see all the people cruising around looking for opportunities, it might be worthwhile, but keep you busy. They have so many excuses: I'm looking for a donation. I'm selling windows. I'm looking for Frankie. Have you seen my lost weather balloon? I'm here to read your meter. Can you help me with Easter presents? How good is your vacuum cleaner? Get a face. Get a license plate. Get into action. More police won't help. Camp out at a pawn shop and look for your stuff (Oh yeah, i know, they have to report all their transactions....) B & E (now fashionably called 'home invasion') is a profitable job. Marketting thru Craigslist and eBay, no taxes, little chance of punishment, fashionable redistribution. It all makes perfect sense, eh?


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 12:08 p.m.

Ann Arbor's biggest problem -- liberal judges and politicians who are also typically weak on crime. I see a lot of complaining but little action. The same judges and politicians are elected ... and reelected. I see commenters whining about the judges and the revolving door justice system on many related articles and nothing changes! Surprising how Ann Arborites can be so aggressive at defending some issues, but are spineless sheep when it comes to crime in their own community.

Zultan Smith

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 4:39 a.m.

Just go out and get yourself a big agressive dog from the Huron Valley Human Society. Worked for me. I don't worry about my home or my children when I can't be there.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 9:42 p.m.

More police patrols would go a long way to solving the home invasions. If perps knew streets were patrolled more often, it would discourage them from their thuggery. Get rid of the public art and hire more police to do the patrols. It wouldn't stop the B&Es, but it would make a dent. Get rid of judges who only levy a slap on the wrist for these property crimes. At least one of them is gone, but not soon enough. Citizens need to demand that judges levy more serious consequences for property crimes.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 5:46 p.m.

ENOUGH! Something must be done to address this constant rate of home invasions or citizens will begin taking matters into their own hands. Our justice system is ineffectual and our police under staffed, something needs to change. The A2 govt. needs to stop wasting money on ugly overpriced art and useless studies and start protecting us.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 8:54 a.m.

Crimeals dont care! if they did they wouldn't risck prison.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 8:53 a.m.

its been going for years the only difference it appearing in larger font on , in the old news crime report where in small font and barely noticeable

Zultan Smith

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 4:30 a.m.

I've got a better idea. Just leave your doors unlocked at night and camp out on the couch with a 12 gauge. Just be sure they are all the way in before you redecorate.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 9:39 p.m.

I totally agree. Stop spending hundreds of thousands on ugly public art and reinstate the police that were laid off.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 6:34 p.m.

Yes! The citizens must take decisive actions to protect themselves and their property! Lock your doors, everyone.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 5:55 p.m.

Even in the most extreme police state, there's crime. How far are you willing to take society?