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Posted on Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 7:05 a.m.

Two apartments burglarized after thief swipes keys from office

By Lee Higgins

Two apartments in the 900 block of Washtenaw Avenue were burglarized Sunday after someone broke into an office at the apartment complex and stole keys to the units, Ypsilanti police said.

A laptop computer and keys to a 1999 Ford Taurus were taken from one apartment, police said. The car was stolen, but later recovered near the intersection of Armstrong Drive and Harriet Street.

Police said a television and wallet were taken from another apartment between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Investigators do not have any suspects in the break-ins.

Anyone with information can call police at (734) 483-9510.

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Ann English

Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 12:09 a.m.

Someone this week tried to steal an I-Pad on Armstrong, but was caught and jailed. Someone else tries stealing a car elsewhere, but it's recovered there on Armstrong Street again, although nobody's a suspect yet this time.

Paula Gardner

Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 2:48 p.m.

This story was just updated with the correct map.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 6:09 p.m.

Shouldn't this key/keys have been locked up in a safe in the office? I would rather have my very own key, and any extra would be in the hands of a family member. If I had the need to call a maintenance person, I would be there to unlock my own door. Do not live in an appartment here, closest family members are about 20 minutes away. Therefore close neighbors have (2) have my extra garage door openers, and front door keys. No strangers in my home!!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 6:31 p.m.

When you rent verses own, they have a legal right to have a set of keys to the dwelling. No not all management firms lock the keys up in a safe, most do however have them coded in such a manner that even if they are stolen, they won't lead directly to the unit they are for! This complex should have done a mass rekeying the moment the breakin was discovered!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 5:49 p.m.

Opportunity and motive is all it takes for some thief to get keys (or a master key) to apartments. Years ago, I had my apartment door opened by a large man who - when I confronted him - claimed his key was to his own apartment on a lower floor. I reported this and learned that the man was probably the one they'd fired from the apartment building maintenance department. He'd taken the master keys to several buildings! Yet - the maintenance department had apparently NOT reported this to management. Only after my "discovery" did our locks get changed and new key security measures put into effect. This incident is but one reason why I now go armed - even when in my own residence. That's no protection for instances when there's no resident to "interfere" though.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 3:53 p.m.

I wonder if the apartment complex will pay to have those locks changed now. They should. If I knew some thief had stolen the keys to my apartment, I would want the locks changed ASAP. Glad no one was hurt.