Another Shores home invasion reported

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published January 28, 2013

The third time was certainly not the charm, as far as police and residents are concerned. Over the weekend, the Shores endured its third home invasion so far this year.

Around 8-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, police said, a home in the first block of Regal was broken into. Detective Lt. Scott Rohr said police believe this latest incident was committed by the same suspects said to be responsible for home invasions earlier this month on Stillmeadow and Regal.

Surveillance footage shows the suspects to be two younger black males with lighter complexions and average builds. They were wearing darker-colored winter clothes, with one in a hoodie and the other in a brown or tan Carhartt jacket, Rohr said. He said both of the suspects were carrying backpacks. The suspects gained entry into the house through the front door, police said.

Rohr said police believe the suspects are being dropped off in the area by a third suspect, a driver. In the Stillmeadow incident, the suspects — a man and possibly a woman, accompanied by a small child — initially came to the door with shovels, ostensibly to offer to clear the resident’s snow. Hours later, the suspects are said to have returned, after dark, to break into the home.

Police believe the suspects are looking for signs that a home is unoccupied, such as a lack of lights or snow that hasn’t been shoveled. In the latest incident, on Regal, Rohr said the homeowners were out for the evening. In the other cases, the residents were out of town at the time.

Although police were awaiting a list of what was stolen from the homeowners, it is believed that the suspects left the house with small valuables, as has been the case with the other recent home invasions.

Police are asking residents for their help in apprehending these suspects. Rohr said residents who see a car idling or driving around the block, or people who resemble the suspects’ descriptions, should call to report it. The vehicle appears to be a smaller SUV, possibly a Jeep or Dodge Durango or a Chevy Trailblazer — which might be maroon — or a full-size, dark-colored, four-door sedan, such as a Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300 or Cadillac. Police are “watching diligently,” he said, but neighbors will likely be critical in enabling officers to arrest the suspects.

“Any suspicious activity, any parked cars, notify us immediately,” Rohr said. People should call 911.

Anyone with more information about the most recent home invasion, or anyone wishing to report suspicious activity in the area, can call (313) 881-5502.