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Posted on Sat, Mar 9, 2013 : 3:11 p.m.

Change jar stolen during Ypsilanti home invasion

By Cole Bertsos

A man in Ypsilanti reported watching his neighbor steal his change jar from his bedroom Friday night during a home invasion, according to the Ypsilanti Police Department.

The victim did not report anything else taken from the apartment, located on the 900 block of Washtenaw Avenue, in Ypsilanti.

The man said he was in bed when he heard someone enter his room. He said he rolled over and watched his neighbor walk out while holding his change jar.

The police said the man was thought to have gotten in to the apartment through an unlocked door. The suspect left before officers arrived at the victims apartment.

The amount of money in the jar was not available.

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Mon, Mar 11, 2013 : 9:32 p.m.

Okay, okay. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre it ain't, but I suppose it's the principle of the thing.

Paula Gardner

Mon, Mar 11, 2013 : 12:15 p.m.

I'm assuming that critics of this story have never awakened to find a neighbor in their bedroom, stealing something. Personally, I'd want to know that's happening. And the news value extends to what Ann English noticed - the suspect isn't exactly anonymous. The world sees plenty of horrible crimes with undetermined suspects. I'd suspect that many readers appreciate seeing an example of a home invasion with very little mystery. Allegedly, of course, until there are charges.


Mon, Mar 11, 2013 : 10:15 a.m., could you inform us as to how you gather your police stories? I'm sure you have a protocol, and perhaps sharing that would allow readers to place these in context. For instance, if you gather the crime sheets from a2, Ypsi, Saline, Dexter etc and select the top three crimes (it would be helpful to know how those are determined, too) and things like "Ypsi change jar" is worthy of printing then so be it. If Ypsi's police department is the only one that produces a detailed summary then you might note that too.

ms 2013

Sun, Mar 10, 2013 : 8:31 p.m.

lord have mercy


Sun, Mar 10, 2013 : 4:10 p.m.

I take it that this was a slow news day. Really, this is news?


Sun, Mar 10, 2013 : 3:32 p.m.

Once my very quiet dog let out such a ferocious, savage bark at 5:a.m. that I thought some strange dog had gotten into my house. I got to the door in time to see someone running away. It was the only time I heard her bark like that, but it was very reassuring. My mayonnaise jar holds about $80 in change, incidentally.

Bob Krzewinski

Sun, Mar 10, 2013 : 11:32 a.m.

As an Ypsi resident, I have a suggestion for another "rampant crime in Ypsi so don't go there story" that actually happened to me!!!!! Yesterday I heard my dog bark a few times. Looked out the window and observed a crime suspect walking down the sidewalk. Due to the my dog barking, a breaking and entering was prevented. My dog is a hero!!!! But then he does bark a lot when he sees anyone outside the window.


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 2:12 p.m.

Good one, Bob! Thanks for the very appropriate irony!


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Sun, Mar 10, 2013 : 3:33 a.m.

What is it with Ypsi and change?

An Arborigine

Sun, Mar 10, 2013 : 3:23 a.m.

Is this what crime has come to, change jars, clothing and wallets? People are willing to enter illegally and get shot over this?


Sun, Mar 10, 2013 : 12:35 a.m.

When the victim woke up, why didn't he get up and do something about it?


Sat, Mar 9, 2013 : 11:34 p.m.

Why was my comment removed? All I said was that this was really a new low for No profanity, no all caps, no racially insensitive remarks, no victim-blaming, no personal attacks against individuals... I don't see an injunction against criticizing's coverage of Ypsi anywhere in your commenting guidelines!

Ann English

Sat, Mar 9, 2013 : 11:18 p.m.

But the victim DOES know the identity of the criminal AND his address!