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Posted on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 4 p.m.

Door kicked off hinges of Ann Arbor home; jewelry, cash and laptop reported stolen

By John Counts

Ann Arbor police were dispatched to a breaking and entering in the 2900 block of East Eisenhower Parkway at 4:22 p.m. Wednesday.

A mail delivery person discovered the front door of the home had been kicked off its hinges, according to Lt. Renee Bush.

Several rooms in the home were rummaged through. The victims, a 44-year-old man and 41-year-old woman, said they were missing jewelry, laptops and cash, according to police.

There are no suspects at this time.

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Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 10:27 a.m.

A friend of ours had their house broken into while at work - all during daylight hours. The crooks left their boot prints in the steel man door to the back of the garage. The force of the 'flying kick' blew out the heavy duty dead bolt and the other door locks. The door jams where splintered. Our friends house also backs on to a busy road, thus the crooks were quite brazen breaking in and not worrying about someone seeing them. The fact is - the house was broken into during daylight hours, no one saw them and the AA police estimated that they were in the house no more than several minutes max.


Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 4:55 a.m.

I can almost see an inside door, utility/bedroom door being kicked off it's hinges, but not a front/back/side door.Have steel doors, plus a 2x4 as a brace. (good eye to the mail delivery person)


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 10:45 p.m.

Geez, usually the crappy deadbolt would just give. I guess they beefed it up.


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 9:43 p.m.

Door kicked off its hinges? Aggressive break-in. Secure your doors, folks. Get good locks and if you own your home, get a heavy duty door with secure hinges and metal door frame. More break-ins all the time.


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 10:02 p.m.

Normally I'd say that'd only make them go in a window, but in this case it would have stopped the break in because it's in a dense residential area. If they fail at kicking in the front door they'll most likely pack up and leave because of all the noise made. It would be pretty stupid to announce your presence by kicking on that front door a bunch and THEN get seen climbing in a window...