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Posted on Wed, May 15, 2013 : 12:33 p.m.

Deputies investigating 2 smash-and-grab thefts from vehicles reported Tuesday

By Kyle Feldscher

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating two smash-and-grab thefts from automobiles in Ypsilanti Township reported on Tuesday.

According to deputies, cars were reported broken into in the 7700 block of Lake Crest Drive and the 5000 block of Bosuns Way.

The first report happened overnight on Lake Crest Drive. Deputies reported the driver’s window was smashed out of the car and the dashboard GPS and stereo system was stolen.

The second incident was reported on Bosuns Way and also happened during the overnight hours. The passenger window was smashed and the dashboard GPS and stereo system was stolen as well.

There was no suspect description released in either incident.

Anyone with information on these crimes is encouraged to call the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP (773-2587).

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Thu, May 16, 2013 : 4:26 p.m.

So these aren't dash top gps's, but installed stuff? I wonder how they smash the window and then take time to remove them? I helped my son replace a stereo in a jeep last summer, and it was a half day job.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 11:58 p.m.

Yes Bob, they are factory installed dash radios. The thieves pry the window outof the frame, splintering/shattering it. They then peel it down and proceed to reach in from there. The radio bezel pulls right out and all that is left is to unhook the various wire harnesses. 5 minutes top! If you would like to see pictures, I'll try to post them.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 10:38 a.m.

Leaving electronics or other valuables visable inside your car when parked is rather risky behaviour. Sad, but true. What they can not see they are unlikely to try to take.


Thu, May 16, 2013 : 1:29 p.m.

Um, I am the owner of one of these cars. These are factory radios worth $2500+. Outside of an after market alarm, there is no way to prevent the theft besides parking in a garage. The radios are being sold on Ebay and Craigslist for $1500+. So when you can't hide it, they arw thwrw for the taking.

Thinking over here

Wed, May 15, 2013 : 6:33 p.m.

Were these those Dodge model from a month or so ago that were being targetted at the dealrship?