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Posted on Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 9:32 p.m.

Teens arrested after Ypsilanti police respond to break-in

By Julie Baker

Staff from an Ypsilanti apartment complex helped police catch two break-in suspects by following the teens as they fled Monday afternoon.

Ypsilanti police were dispatched around 12:30 p.m. to the 1400 block of Leforge Road for a break-in in progress, Sgt. Kevin Dorsey said in a news release. Dispatch reported that the male suspects kicked open an apartment door, removed items and were being followed by University Green Apartments staff.

Officers arrived on scene and were told that the teens had entered an apartment building in the 700 block of Clark Road. Officers entered and located the suspects, ages 16 and 18, inside an apartment and arrested them.

All of the stolen property was recovered and returned to the rightful owner.

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Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 5:56 p.m.

Thanks, for taking a bite out of crime!


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 4:06 p.m.

Certainly, this citizen anti-crime effort is to be praised. They properly took action to help police locate the fleeing criminals. But I hope that anyone who follows such criminals knows to keep their cell phone contact with 911 dispatch throughout their surveillance. Also, of course, it's wise to be legally armed, since the pursued could turn around and become the pursuer. Property crimes are distinct from life-threatening crimes and volunteer citizens have only well defined, limited powers in the former kinds. As illustrated by the current notorious case in Florida: 911 dispatch orders ARE police orders meant to be followed in these and all other circumstances. Police powers reside in the states, not within individual rights. The only exception is when a state allows violation of actual individual rights - then police powers may be exercised by the federal government in that state. Stay safe out there.


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 5:22 a.m.

Great job staff and the Ypsilanti Police!