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Posted on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 5:58 a.m.

Owner of business hit during string of Ypsilanti burglaries continues to look forward

By Kyle Feldscher

The owner of beezy’s cafe, one of the businesses struck during a string of break-ins in downtown Ypsilanti, said it’s important to keep operating normally after becoming a victim.


beezy's cafe was among the businesses hit during a string of burglaries between Nov. 21 and Nov. 27.

Courtesy of beezy's cafe

Bee Roll said Monday the incident, which was among seven recent burglaries between Nov. 21 and Sunday, “stings financially and emotionally” but has galvanized her to be more involved with Ypsilanti. Beezy's cafe is located at 20 N. Washington St.

“It’s a motivating force to get involved and engage in the community on a different level,” Roll said via email, “whether through neighborhood watch type things or volunteer police corps activity/classes.”

Ypsilanti police executed a search warrant Sunday afternoon at an apartment on South Washington Street as a part of the investigation into the burglaries at downtown Ypsilanti businesses. Det. Sgt. Troy Fulton, of the Ypsilanti Police Department, said the evidence recovered from the apartment links a 30-year-old man to at least three of the burglaries.

Cash and other items have been taken from at least five businesses where successful break-ins occurred, Fulton said. Attempted break-ins occurred at two other businesses. The businesses were located on North Washington Street, South Washington Street, West Michigan Avenue and Pearl Street, according to police

Fulton said Monday afternoon that no one had been arrested in the case. He was unable to be reached Monday evening.

Roll said she hasn’t been able to get a sense of how the business community in downtown Ypsilanti is reacting to the burglaries due to the holiday season and keeping the business running smoothly after the incident.

She said she’s focusing on keeping the spirits high among employees at the cafe during a very busy week only made busier because of the burglary.

Changes in security measures will be coming to the store, Roll said, but she said business would continue as usual. She said Ypsilanti continues to be a place with many positive things going on.

“I’m far more interested in engaging our community on a broader level to create and nurture a positive environment where crime doesn’t need to be an option,” Roll said.

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


joe golder

Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 8:01 p.m.

I'm from Ypsilanti and I'm made Tough! Go Bee, Beezy's and Ypsilanti!

Phil Dokas

Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 6:53 p.m.

How great is it to see such a positive reaction to such a bad turn of fate?


Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 4:39 p.m.

I'm glad that Beezy's owner, Bee Roll, has such a positive view of Ypsilanti's future and her spirit should be an inspiration to all of us. I think the community should be grateful for her spirit and support her business. Thus, if you haven't eaten at Beezy's I hope will do so soon. The sandwiches, soups and salads are outstanding and very reasonably priced; it has become our family's favorite place to eat. Bob from Ann Arbor


Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 2:18 p.m.

The Ypsilanti Police wiil put all the links together, complete the chain and will have suspect/suspects in custody. The owner has a great outlook, and making security changes will help. Thiefs beware!


Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 12:34 p.m.

The headline led me to believe that the owner was assaulted. Perhaps "Robbed Business Owner Continues to Look Forward"? Or "Robbed Business Owner Undaunted"? Regardless, thanks for the story about Bee's resolve.


Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 4:28 p.m.

Problem is that it wasn't a "Robbery" (which is like a hold-up)- it was a "Burglery" (where someone probably broke in when no one was around).

Mary Bilyeu

Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 11:30 a.m.

It's so unfortunate that this has happened, but it's great to still see such love and support for the community!