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Posted on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 : 3:56 p.m.

Saline police investigating 8 vehicle break-ins since January

By Kyle Feldscher

Eight vehicle break-ins on Woodland Drive and Michigan Avenue in Saline since late January have police on high alert as the investigation continues.

According to police, broken windows and stolen items characterize most of the break-ins. The first incident in the string of larcenies came on Jan. 21, reports show. reviewed six police reports of the eight reported incidents last week. The latest incidents reported to police took place on March 2

Three vehicles were reported broken into that night within approximately 20 minutes of each other.

The first break-in was reported at 8:43 p.m. March 2 on a car in the 800 block of East Woodland Drive. According to the report, a 39-year-old Canton man’s 2007 Nissan Ultima had a window broken out but nothing was reported stolen.

However, cash, credit cards and various forms of identification were reported stolen from two other vehicles that night.

A 22-year-old Ypsilanti woman returned to her car at 9 p.m. March 2 at Ruby Tuesday, 1375 E. Michigan Ave., and discovered a window on her Honda Accord was broken. Two hundred dollars in cash, various identification cards and the woman’s debit card was reported stolen, according to police.

A 78-year-old Saline man reported his vehicle broken into one minute later in the parking lot of the UAW Local 892, 601 E. Woodland Drive. According to police, $200 in cash, credit cards, an ATM card and various identifications were stolen after a window on the Cadillac SRX was broken.

Those three break-ins came on the heels of larcenies reported on Feb. 19, Feb. 6 and Jan. 21.

On Feb. 19, a 48-year-old Saline woman reported her Chevrolet Suburban broken into while parked in the 100 block of East Michigan Avenue. The break-in was reported at 8:16 p.m. and the woman found the rear window broken out. According to police, a Marc Fish purse was stolen from the Suburban, containing credit cards.

Two larcenies were reported on Feb. 6. The first, at 8 a.m., came in the 1800 block of East Woodland Drive. A 64-year-old Saline woman was working out at the Saline Recreational Center when the break-in occurred. She reported a Guess handbag, $30 cash, credit cards and an iPhone 4 stolen.

At 5 p.m. that same day, a Saline resident reported his car was broken into at 2 a.m. Jan. 21. He told police he wasn’t planning on reporting it, but decided to come to police on Feb. 6. A laptop case containing a computer, eyeglasses, a cellphone charger and $220 in cash was reported stolen.

The police reports for the two other larcenies were not available for’s review.

Police believe the incidents are related and continue to investigate. Anyone with information on the incidents is encouraged to call Detective Don Lupi at 734-429-7911 or email him at

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



Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 2:05 a.m.

But wait.....there's an abandon bicycle near an unbroken into building with footprints in the snow as reported due to "suspious looking people" in the area!

John of Saline

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 5:09 p.m.

Well, that's interesting. I went to CVS one night in January late (like just before midnight). I parked and was about to walk in. A pickup truck pulled out of a spot near the building and drove in a circle, ending a few spaces from mine. The driver watched me. OK, creepy. I walked halfway to the building, then thought better of it and walked back to my car. I stared right at this guy. He finally drove off, and I got what I needed and left. Opportunistic thief? Meth-head looking for quick money? No idea. He wasn't subtle, though.


Mon, Mar 11, 2013 : 10:03 p.m.

Regarding the vehicle thefts off Woodlawn, or any ones around that area....did they occur around the same time the police found those bicycles at the UAW that one night?

Kyle Feldscher

Mon, Mar 11, 2013 : 10:23 p.m.

It appears so, Billy.


Mon, Mar 11, 2013 : 9:34 p.m.

There seems to be no bottom to the depths of depravity on nearly daily display out Saline way.