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Posted on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 1:16 p.m.

Dexter man in custody after allegedly ransacking Webster Township home and stealing jewelry

By John Counts

A 20-year-old Dexter man was arrested after fleeing in a car across the lawn of the Webster Township home where he and two other men are suspected of stealing jewelry.

Police were dispatched to the 7000 block of Quail Ridge Thursday after the homeowner came home around 4:30 p.m. and noticed a strange car in the driveway. She then noticed three men walk from behind the home and get into the car. The suspects then drove across the front lawn to avoid contact with her.

Deputies from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office were provided a description of the vehicle and found it a short time later in the Dexter area. Police arrested the 20-year-old, but the other two men were no longer with him. They may have been dropped off before police located the vehicle, said Sgt. Geoff Fox of the sheriff's office.

Police believe the suspects forced open a sliding glass door in the back of the house, which was then ransacked. A significant amount of jewelry was stolen.

The 20-year-old is currently in custody at the Washtenaw County Jail. Police said he is not being cooperative. The incident still is under investigation.

When asked if the arrest was at all related to the recent rash of break-ins in the Dexter area, Fox said, "We don't know. It's being looked at."

On July 31, jewelry, video games and DVDs were reported stolen from 5800 block of Madden in Dexter Township. This came a few days after a warning from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office about a man “casing” homes to rob in the western part of the county.

On July 27, three vehicles were broken into in Dexter. A day later, a home invasion was reported in Dexter Township that resulted in around 60 video games and DVDs being stolen.

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Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 8:58 p.m.

Does anyone know if there were additional arrests (the resident said there were two others) and what the status is of the guy they arrested?


Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 7:06 p.m.

I there a follow up? He should have been arraigned Saturday morning. We need to know who he is and if he was released.


Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 7:08 p.m.

Exactly! I have been watching, Heritage, all the local papers just to get an update and thus far no one has an update. You would think they would tell us who they are holding, because if we know the person, we know who they most often hang out with, and you wouldn't need him to say who he was with, the police could shake the sugar tree and see what falls out!


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 7:55 p.m.

Great Job by Law Enforcement! If someone beaks into my home, they are mine until the police arrive.


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 1:03 p.m.

It's not just Dexter that has suffered a rash of breakins. Hopefully this will bring a halt to the breakins near Dexter, where unlocked cars have had items stolen out of them. But more concerning are the number of unlocked homes that thieves have walked right into in the middle of the night while families slept upstairs.

Elaine F. Owsley

Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 11 a.m.

Quick work by law enforcement. We appreciate that.


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 1:33 a.m.

Get a job....thugs.


Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 9:09 p.m.

I hope that they are able to get information that will stop the break-ins in the area. When someone breaks into your home it feels like a real violation in so many ways.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 9:07 p.m.

Could we please have an article on the right of a person in a home to shoot someone who breaks in? I doubt the woman had a right to shoot, since she was outside and so were the guys, and they stayed away from her. Still, with all the people around legally carrying concealed weapons, and with all the folks with an armory in their home, I just wonder when the slaughter will begin.

Jack Campbell

Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 5:59 a.m.

Pretty soon if anyone tries to hit my home up.

Joe Kidd

Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 6:40 p.m.

Wow, just a year or two out of high school. Figured such, stealing video games. Not cooperating? I bet his parents could give the names of his buddies. First degree home invasion in Michigan has a sentence attached of up to 20 years. Best start cooperating, especially if he can be linked to the earlier break ins. Forcing the door open is a step up from some of the earlier crimes where the doors were unlocked. A natural progression of a criminal who gets bolder with success.


Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 6:22 p.m.

Not too brazen ActionJack. If you look at a satellite view on Google maps, you see that the homes on this street are on large lots with back yards that are full of large trees and you could break into the rear of a home without being seen. And maybe even your car parked in the drive is mostly concealed. Very private, but also a benefit for a burglar to be hidden while he breaks in. And with garage door openers you can hide your car inside while you load it up. Stupid time to break in though. 4:30 pm is in the range when people are getting home from work. I recommend home alarm systems. The cost is very reasonable these days and just the sign in the front yard is often enough to make a thief pass by your house.


Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 5:37 p.m.

Hard to imagine that 3 individuals could be so brazen to park in someone's driveway then proceed to spend what must have been a considerable amount of time in this home. The homeowner was very fortunate not to have been assaulted while this happened. Great work by the police to have apprehended at least one of the perpetrators. Hope they recover all of their losses.


Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 6:21 p.m.

Hard to imagine? This is like THE archetypal M.O. of the daytime burglar.