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Posted on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 : 6:07 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township man linked to Ann Arbor break-in via U-C Berkeley class ring

By John Counts


Police said Tuesday afternoon they had a break-in suspect in custody before the crime was even reported.

An incident involving someone using a rock to break into an apartment in the 100 block of North Thayer Street of Ann Arbor and stealing jewelry and a laptop was reported to Ann Arbor police Tuesday.

It turns out the 48-year-old male suspect was picked up by Ypsilanti police Sunday, Sgt, Thomas Eberts said. Investigators made the link Tuesday, matching items that were found in a backpack the man had with items reported missing, including the 30-year-old female victim's University of California-Berkeley class ring, Eberts added.

The Ypsilanti Township man was arrested at an apartment complex in the 1900 block of Washtenaw Avenue of Ypsilanti around 2 a.m. Sunday after police were called there for reports of a "suspicious person," Eberts said.

The man had a backpack in his possession.

"There was some unique jewelry in it," Eberts said, referring to the class ring.

The 48-year-old was arrested and taken to the Washtenaw County Jail on a parole violation. Now that investigators think they have linked the items in the backpack with the reported break-in, the man could face charges of receiving and concealing stolen property.

The 30-year-old Ann Arbor woman told police the break-in occurred between June 27 and when it was reported Tuesday.

The 48-year-old remains in jail where he was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday or Thursday, Eberts said.

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Wed, Jul 3, 2013 : 12:56 p.m.

So wat year did he gradiate from burkely ? An wats class dids he study at Jacksun ?

Susan Ursus

Wed, Jul 3, 2013 : 10:14 a.m.

"Parole violation." Hurray for revolving door prisons!


Wed, Jul 3, 2013 : 11:44 a.m.

OH BOY!! This means we get to do the RECIDIVISM DANCE again....


Wed, Jul 3, 2013 : 2:34 a.m.

YPD is so darn awesome. Great job and keep up the great work.

John Counts

Tue, Jul 2, 2013 : 11:49 p.m.

Typo fixed. Thanks.


Tue, Jul 2, 2013 : 11:37 p.m.

Is that how you spell Berckley? And what about the night and gales, anyway?


Wed, Jul 3, 2013 : 3:20 a.m.

The square where the nightingale sang was pronounced "Barkley", old top.

Susan Montgomery

Tue, Jul 2, 2013 : 11:32 p.m.

Love the Ypsi police, you rock! P.S. John - In third paragraph and link address - "Berekely" should be Berkeley...


Tue, Jul 2, 2013 : 10:54 p.m.

Thank you Ypsi Police! Nice to have serendipity on your side.


Tue, Jul 2, 2013 : 11:46 p.m.

Im living ypsi and its hella lot better then old Ann Arbor