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Posted on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 : 11:55 a.m.

Ann Arbor police investigating 4 home invasions, 2 break-ins at nonprofits

By Kyle Feldscher

Ann Arbor police are investigating six break-ins that occurred over the weekend at homes and nonprofit organizations, police said Monday morning.

Four homes and two businesses reported being broken into with items stolen, Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said. Police are investigating the break-ins but police do not believe they’re related.

“There’s no pattern we’ve been able to establish to this point, they’re all separate,” she said.

The first home invasion was reported Saturday morning in the 800 block of Dartmoor Road.

The homeowner woke up at 3:53 a.m. Saturday after hearing someone enter the home through an unlocked door. The homeowner told police the person was 5-feet-8-inches tall and thin, but the resident did not know the person’s race or sex, Bush said. Nothing was reported taken from that home.

The next break-in was reported at 11:39 a.m. Saturday at the House By the Side of the Road, 824 Phoenix Drive in Ann Arbor. Bush said the door to the nonprofit organization was damaged and cash and coins were reported stolen.

At 12:47 p.m. Saturday, a 63-year-old Ann Arbor man reported his home in the 1200 block of Snyder was broken into. The man told police he woke at 11 a.m., went into his living room and found his laptop and two digital cameras were missing.

Bush said the intruder, or intruders, entered through an unlocked door.

On Sunday, residents of a home in the 2100 block of Springwood Court discovered someone broke into their home through an unsecured door. The residents, both in their 60s, reported the incident at 11:18 a.m. Sunday. An iPad, Kindle and two laptops were stolen from the residence, Bush said.

A second Ann Arbor nonprofit organization was broken into sometime between 1 and 11:40 a.m. Sunday.

On Sunday morning, an employee at the Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St., found the front glass door to the building was broken. Bush said a glass donation box was discovered broken and an unknown amount of cash was taken.

The final home invasion reported during the weekend came at 11:47 p.m. Sunday in the 3600 block of Wellington Cross Road.

Police went to the home after a burglary alarm was set off and it appeared someone entered through a broken window in the back of the house, Bush said. A picture and a tapestry were stolen. Police did not have a value estimate on the stolen items.

Police were unable to get suspect descriptions for any of the break-ins, aside from the one on Dartmoor Road. Investigations into each of the incidents are on going.

Anyone with information on any of these incidents is encouraged to call the Ann Arbor police anonymous tip line at 734-793-6939 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP (773-2587).

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Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 4:21 a.m.

The Ann Arbor Art Center? Sickening. Anyone think about asking the pack of panhandlers hanging around there 24/7? Oh, I forgot ... panhandlers are the new elite in A2. They hold their shadow city council meetings in Liberty Plaza daily. One of these days even you Ann Arborites will lose your patience and start voting for officials with a more law and order mindset. You complain about the Mayor and City Council ... but you keep on voting for them.

ms 2013

Mon, Dec 10, 2012 : 8:34 p.m.

i hope they are caught soon


Mon, Dec 10, 2012 : 7:26 p.m.

So you people are saying that it's ok to steal from people who don't lock their doors? I wonder if that argument would hold up in court.


Mon, Dec 10, 2012 : 6:34 p.m.

"Saturday after hearing someone enter the home through an unlocked door." "Bush said the intruder, or intruders, entered through an unlocked door. " I LOVE it!! Hope your insurance denies your claim!!

Susan Ursus

Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 12:55 a.m.

Those homeowners are such jerks for tempting people with their unsecured doors. My heart goes out to the burglars.


Mon, Dec 10, 2012 : 11:16 p.m.

So Hondo.... can you say for sure that if the door was locked, the criminal would not have found another way in ? no you can't


Mon, Dec 10, 2012 : 9:22 p.m.

Cant say for sure that if the criminal didnt find an unlocked door they wouldve pursued breaking a window, that if they had the doors locked the criminal wouldnt have walked away maybe since alot of the crime nowadays is " crime of oppurtunity". So yes if there is something in an insurance claim that says homeowner has openly admit his/her s neglect and there for deny the claim( if such a reason exist).And if there was dont you think the sheep "would" make sure there stuff is locked after you take out the cover even stupidity clause? Whos to say that it isnt a rouse for an insurance scam? So " tdw" Can You say for sure that if the door was locked the criminal would have still found another way in? No you cant . But if you dont even attempt to protect yourself, dont cry wolf.


Mon, Dec 10, 2012 : 7:27 p.m.

HONDO.....Why ? is there something in your insurance policy that mentions unlocked doors ? But you are right, blame the victims it's their fault because we all know that locked doors deter all criminals.......oh, wait a sec........

Jack Eaton

Mon, Dec 10, 2012 : 6:05 p.m.

@ DNB - The difference between the home where the door was locked and the homes with unlocked doors it that the owner of the home with the locked door not only lost personal property, but must also replace a broken window. Home invasion is not stopped by a lock, or apparently even an alarm system.


Mon, Dec 10, 2012 : 5:58 p.m.

Before the fear mongers come in, let's remember that in 2011 we had crime rates in a decade. Perhaps its going up this year, we'll find out next. As likely is that the folks reading the "paper" are more aware of what does occur because everything is now fodder for a story and, yep, additional ad space.


Mon, Dec 10, 2012 : 6:08 p.m.

That's "lowest" crime rates. OK, now you can go ahead and vote down the facts because they don't fit your world view.


Mon, Dec 10, 2012 : 5:54 p.m.

The score on Sunday was Bad Guys 6, Ann Arbor Home Team 0. Home Team will have to up their game to avoid a shutout.


Mon, Dec 10, 2012 : 5:27 p.m.

Unlocked homes? Three of the four home invasions were due to unlocked doors. I'm sorry for the thefts, by why are people still leaving doors unlocked?