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Posted on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 : 12:39 p.m.

2 homes ransacked on Bardstown Trail in Ann Arbor

By Kyle Feldscher

Two homes on Bardstown Trail were broken into — at least one through a smashed patio door — and ransacked by unknown people Thursday afternoon, according to Ann Arbor police.

Sgt. Mike Scherba said a home invasion was reported at 3:28 p.m. Thursday in the 1400 block of Bardstown, followed at 5:30 p.m. Thursday by a report of a break-in in the 1500 block of Bardstown. Scherba said the intruder, or intruders, went through rear doors of both homes, including one home where a sliding glass door was shattered.

Electronics and jewelry were taken from both homes, and rooms throughout both homes were ransacked. Scherba said it was a relatively rare occurrence in a quiet part of Ann Arbor, pointing out many break-ins that have occurred during a recent increase have taken place in areas with more students.

“(Home invasions) are more common in the student area than it would be there, but unfortunately these can happen anywhere and everywhere,” he said.

Police were not able to get any suspect information and the case has been forwarded to the detective bureau, Scherba said.

Anyone with information on the break-ins is encouraged to call the Ann Arbor police anonymous tip line at 734-794-6939 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP (773-2537).

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Sat, Sep 22, 2012 : 6:07 p.m.

I see little good coming from politicization of this topic about home break-ins. Rather, I think it's more appropriate to offer a little sympathy to the victims and renew resolve to adopt all possible & practical means of protecting myself and others from crime. And especially, I try to be mindful of Ann Arbor as a community. These break-ins were rare in the area where they occurred but obviously "rare" means little once the "rare" thing happens. 2 nights ago, I left my apartment building & discovered our parking lot was in complete darkness. I went back to my apartment, called building emergency maintenance to notify them and then called the AAPD non-emergency number to give a "heads up" notification to our police patrols. I was just: "being aware and watching out for my neighbors" –as Rich Kinsey so often reminds us. Rich Kinsey's columns are never called "criticizing the victim" because he's only giving wise advice based on experience. Likewise, it isn't improper in any way to say that we should take measures to avoid or lessen the chance of being victimized in certain ways. "Should" means only those measures which are available to us. Information on preventing home break-ins is the most available resource, leaving it up to us to judge how much we can do once we've become better informed. But the basic concept of making it harder for criminals to commit their crimes covers a wide range of situations. Doing this as a community is itself one way to put up barriers to crime.


Sat, Sep 22, 2012 : 3:33 p.m.

So much for gun control being the answer, people who want to injure or kill others will find a way, with or without guns because guns aren't the problem, people who use them for evil are the problem. That means people who don't use guns for evil should be free (and according to our constitution they are) to own them for protection from those who do.


Fri, Sep 21, 2012 : 6:20 p.m.

Ann Arbor continues to be excellent at reporting on crimes after the fact but maybe not so good at preventing them.


Sat, Sep 22, 2012 : 11:20 a.m.

Presence does have somewhat of an impact.


Sat, Sep 22, 2012 : 12:27 a.m.

Crimes of opportunity are impossible to stop. Ten, twenty or more police officers would only have stopped these by pure luck.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Sep 21, 2012 : 7:02 p.m.

Maybe they have prevented many crimes. How do we know that they haven't? It's very hard to prove a negative. There were two breakiins there, but the six breakins three blocks away didn't happen. See?


Fri, Sep 21, 2012 : 5:31 p.m.

It really seems like there's a lot more B&Es than usual. What were the statistics like last year and the one before that for around this time of year?