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Posted on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 11:29 a.m.

Mercedes stolen from garage of Ann Arbor business

By John Counts

A 2001 Mercedes was reported stolen from the garage of an Ann Arbor business Sunday.

Police said a property owner in the 2200 block of Platt Road was checking on a business when he noticed a window missing from the garage door, Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush stated in a crime summary.

It appeared someone had broken in, so the business owner contacted police. A black, 2001 Mercedes E430 four-door sedan that was at the business for repairs was discovered to be missing.

The theft is believe to have occurred between about 5 p.m. Saturday and and 12:45 p.m. Sunday.

Police are looking for the vehicle. The Michigan license plate number is BPB9818.

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Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 8:14 p.m.

Also, such an ugly car to risk going to jail over.


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 2:19 p.m.

The only people collecting 2001 E-classes are people with $6k who want a German car with 125k miles+


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 12:05 p.m.

But at 12 years-old, it's nearly a collector car.


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 8:13 p.m.

Wait, what business? Was this an auto repair shop?


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 10:15 p.m.

@GoNavy, see my earlier comment, as well as John Counts' comment and reply to mine. I don't know the area that well, but I am not aware of another candidate business (the car was at the business for repairs) in the 2200 block of Platt Rd. I suppose it's too much to expect anyone at to just call the likely business to see if it is the one that was burglarized.

ms 2013

Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 5:09 p.m.

hope they get it back thats so sad next time get a alarm on it


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 8:35 p.m.

The car is 12 years old. Even if the car had an alarm on it, the owner would be unlikely to leave the alarm set while the car was in the repair shop. If the vehicle owner has comprehensive insurance on it, the owner's insurance will cover the loss. Without comprehensive coverage (good bet on a 12 year old car, but who knows?), then it would be a loss to the owner of somewhere around $4,500-$6,000, depending upon the model, mileage and condition of the vehicle. The shop's insurance won't cover the loss as long as the shop exercised "reasonable care" with the car while it was in their possession. As long as the car was in a locked garage, they've probably met this burden. The owner's best bet would be to skip the car alarm and keep the car insured for as long as the car's value exceeds the cost of the annual insurance premium.

John Counts

Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 5:02 p.m.

Police did not specify the name of the business.

John Counts

Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 5:43 p.m.

As indicated in the brief, this is an item from a crime summary. Ann Arbor police could not be reached Monday morning.


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 5:24 p.m.

Did you ask?


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 4:41 p.m.

Was this from Select Auto Service (2231 Platt Rd.)? If so, perhaps the thief mistook the name of the business as an invitation.