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Posted on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 : 2:01 p.m.

Reward offered for information on stolen SUV torched in swamp

By Kyle Feldscher

Michael Chabot had a simple Monday morning planned: Wake up, get ready for work, get in his Jeep Grand Cherokee and head off to his job.

That plan was immediately thrown off kilter when he discovered the Grand Cherokee was no longer in his driveway.

Chabot contacted dispatchers and Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies came to his home on San Juan Court in Unadilla Township. He was shocked when deputies showed him pictures of a burned out shell of a vehicle - his Grand Cherokee.

“I came to the realization that was the end of me and my car,” he said.

According to an Unadilla Township police statement, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered the Jeep Grand Cherokee fully engulfed in flames at 3:40 a.m. Monday in a swamp 100 feet from Boyce Road between Joslin Lake and Roepke roads in Lyndon Township.

Chabot’s Grand Cherokee was stolen during a crime spree on San Juan Court. According to Unadilla Township police, the other two homes on the block were broken into as was another vehicle. A shotgun, hunting gear and thousands of dollars worth of power tools and hand tools were stolen from the vehicle and homes.

Chabot said he had stored about $30,000 worth of work equipment in his Grand Cherokee. All of those items were reported stolen, he said.

Police said it’s believed the thefts occurred between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 3:30 a.m. Monday.

Chabot said he’s hopeful suspects might be found. He said investigators found fingerprints on different items, including liquor bottles that the thieves apparently drank from. Also, piece of equipment was thrown from Chabot’s vehicle onto the ground, he said.

“Something’s out there that’s going to give fingerprints and give an idea of who it was,” he said.

Michigan Arson Control is offering a reward of up to $5,000 and Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the incident. Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to call the Unadilla Township police at 734-498-2325 ext. 307, Crime Stoppers at 1-800 SPEAK UP (773-2587) or Michigan Arson Control at 1-800-44 ARSON (2-7766).

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 8:02 p.m.

Things that make you go..hmmm??

Jeffersonian Liberal

Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 1:38 p.m.

This doesn't pass the smell test. Criminals only torch a vehicle to destroy evidence or commit insurance fraud. 30K worth of equipment missing?

Stan Hyne

Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 9:39 p.m.

The article said several other homes were also broken in to.


Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 2:26 p.m.

Well, drunk punk kinds will do that too for the rise.


Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 3:57 a.m.

Liquor bottles are coded for identification; as for clues, check the white trash bin at Joslyn Lake...LOL


Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 12:31 p.m.

"Joslin" not Joslyn Lake, is not trashy at all. Just the criminals who come out here from the city to rob us!


Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 12:06 a.m.

Once upon a time people had a lot of work to do - for themselves. Not only did it keep them busy, it made it possible for them to dream big, too. People certainly understood and could respect the value of their pay. And that of other's. Without a fair work opportunity this growing crime creep should be expected by royalty. It has happened before.

Beth Hoag

Tue, Dec 4, 2012 : 9:34 p.m.

That is ridiculous! We live in the country side for peace of mind and don't think that such things would happen to our random homes like they have been in that area in the last few years.


Wed, Dec 5, 2012 : 1:03 p.m.

Crime happens no matter where you live, if you think otherwise, then you are a part of the problem!


Tue, Dec 4, 2012 : 9:15 p.m.

I'm coming to the strong conclusion that no one and nothing is safe around here anymore. We all pay for these crimes in increased insurance premiums and peace of mind. So many things can be blamed for the increase in crimes....drugs, economics, lack of character...but in the end it doesn't seem that it will get better.