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Posted on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 1:30 p.m.

Guns, electronics stolen from ransacked Ypsilanti Township home

By John Counts

Multiple guns, a television and other electronics were stolen Monday from a home in the 600 block of Hayes Street in Ypsilanti Township, police said.

Deputies were called to the residence for the report of a home invasion that had occurred sometime during the daytime hours, according to a news release from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office.

Intruders broke a window in the back of the house to get inside. The house was ransacked as the suspects looked for items of value.

In addition to the guns and television, a laptop and jewelry also was missing from the home.

There are no suspects at this time. Further information was not immediately available.

Anyone with information on this incident 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, Jan 17, 2013 : 7:24 p.m.

Why doesn't publish the home addresses of the thieves? Because publishing the home addresses of gun owners, while easier, doesn't seem to be doing anything but encouraging "home invasions" (aka, burglaries). Some inverse logic seems to be a work here: publish the address where burglars were successful - seems like a Thieves Guide to Easy Pickin's Neighborhoods Near You. But when (if) the thieves are arrested: how willing are "authorities" and journalists to publish the thieves' addresses? People living in the area of 600 Hayes in Ypsi Township: get ready for some unwelcome visitors (thanks to "journalism's finest"). Note to homeowners (even renters): effective gun safes are available for between $150 and $1500, depending on size needs. I regularly see prices for rifles at ~$700 and ~$500 for pistols. An old saying goes: if you can afford to buy a dog, first make sure you can support the dog. Same applies (in triplicate) to guns. It's flat-out embarrassing to give away your guns to criminals. So why do it?


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 1:42 p.m.

Can't get out of this town fast enough.


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 5:42 p.m.

How can you possibly insult Ann Arbor like that. Don't you know that citizens of Ann Arbor are intellectual leaders for the whole country??!! (And now, what country can't you leave fast enough? Ho-ho!)

Unusual Suspect

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 2:55 a.m.

Why don't people lock up their electronics properly?


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 1:41 p.m.

The best thing i ever did was to buy a 1000 pound fire proof safe.


Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 11:08 p.m.

Make me think of those "intelligent" journalists in Westchester, NY who decided that it was a good idea to let all of the criminals know where they could find firearms. Anyways, we should make theft illegal - that will ensure that we never have to deal with it again.

Unusual Suspect

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 2:57 a.m.

Apparently the home owners forgot to hang up their "Theft free zone" sign.


Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 10:25 p.m.

I am sure that the guns were all registered too.


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 5:40 p.m.

Not properly registered: those guns are in the hands of new "owners" who won't register them AGAIN in their own names. When guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. :-)


Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 6:39 p.m.

This is such a hot topic in Ypsilanti. I read the Ann Arbor News everyday, and there is a home invasion case everyday. There are home invasion cases that don't make the Ann Arbor News. More patrol cars should be monitoring around neighborhoods.


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 6:39 p.m.

@aamom: I agree with the idea that, once purchased, guns MUST BE kept securely. Just as I agree with the idea that: once purchased, pet animals MUST BE kept securely. I also agree with the idea that, once purchased, alcoholic beverages MUST BE consumed responsibly - and kept secure from consumption by unauthorized people. So the answer to all of these irresponsible lapses is what? @Cory C: Your statements about security safes so amazed me that I decided to try finding "safe cracking" information using the product number of a SAFE I ALREADY OWN. Just FYI Cory: it took 5 min. kneeling in my closet with a flash light & magnifying glass JUST TO FIND the information for that google search. Guess what: there was NO safe-cracking information available for my 100#, bolted-to-floor, almost indestructible safe on google. But is this like "most safes?" Yes - it's manufactured by the largest safe maker and is available from for about the cost of the newest iPod or Kindle reader. @aamom: you thanked Cory C. for his "confirming" information- but now you see that his information was bogus. And the reason is that he never knew about proper gun handling or a proper security safe. Just like those "leaders" who never thought to put proper security doors in SCHOOLS to keep unemployed, basement-dwelling losers from mowing down students and teachers at their whim (or to make an example of his mother to scare people about gun ownership).


Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 8:41 p.m.

Thanks Cory. I've been wondering about that.

Cory C

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 7:48 p.m.

To aamom, they usually steal the safe too if they think there are valuables inside. Most safes can be cracked with a quick google search of the product number. The cheap safes that most people buy can be opened by a six-year-old dropping it on the ground.


Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 7:32 p.m.

And every house seems to have a gun that was stolen. Do criminals tend to steal a gun safe with a gun in it or are the guns usually kept unlocked? I would be curious to know. Seems the criminals are finding it very easy to arm themselves with other people's guns these days. I hope at least they had to work to get a safe open.