FerndaleOctober 24, 2012
Parole absconder charged in attempted home invasion
By Jeremy Selweski
C & G Staff Writer
A man with a history of auto-related crimes was arrested two days after reportedly trying to break into a Ferndale man’s house while driving a stolen pickup truck.
According to Ferndale Police Detective Lt. Bill Wilson, the attempted breaking and entering occurred around 10:15 a.m. Oct. 19 at a home on Edgewood Place, near Eight Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.
“The intruder broke a bedroom window in the back of the house,” he said, “but the homeowner was prepared for him. He armed himself with a handgun after he heard some noise and commotion.”
The resident, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq, fired two shots at the burglar but missed, Wilson said. The suspect then ran to a silver Ford Ranger parked nearby and fled the area. The resident fired two more shots at the suspect as he drove off, but he managed to escape unharmed.
Two days later, on the evening of Oct. 21, Ferndale police received a call from a man who said that he had spotted the suspect and his pickup truck at a Marathon gas station in Redford, near Telegraph Road and I-96, Wilson said. Ferndale dispatch contacted Redford police, who responded to the area and arrested the suspect, 32-year-old parole absconder Jeffrey Reiher. Reiher was then transported to the custody of Ferndale police.
“We’re fortunate that this witness was able to identify the suspect,” Wilson said. “Without his help, we might never have caught this guy, or he may have been able to commit additional crimes before we did.”
Still, police believe that Reiher may have been involved in criminal activity before coming to Ferndale. The suspect’s truck had recently been reported stolen from the Livonia-based company Oxbow and features a red Oxbow logo on the door. According to Wilson, the vehicle may be connected to at least one other crime in the area.
“There are still a bunch of things being investigated with this case,” he said, “but we believe that the suspect may have also used that vehicle for another burglary in Troy the day before.”
According to the Michigan Offender Tracking Information System, Reiher has previously been convicted of operating a chop shop, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, receiving and concealing stolen property, larceny in a building and fleeing and eluding police. He has served time in prison in the past and is currently on parole.
On Oct. 23, Reiher was arraigned in Ferndale 43rd District Court on charges of first-degree attempted home invasion, a five-year felony. Magistrate James Brennan set the suspect’s bond at $50,000 cash or surety and scheduled a pre-exam conference for 1 p.m. Nov. 1. Reiher has requested a court-appointed attorney in the case.
Wilson encouraged Ferndale residents to be alert and vigilant to prevent similar break-ins, but he also acknowledged that these types of crimes can sometimes be unpredictable.
“I don’t know what the homeowner could have done to prevent this crime, as it appears that his house was randomly selected,” Wilson said. “He’s just lucky that he was home at the time.”
- Last 7 Days
- Last 30 Days
- Missing woman found dead - West Bloomfield
- BHS Orchestra selected to perform at Carnegie Hall - Berkley
- All in the family - Clinton Township
- Christmas Wonderfest brings holiday wonder to Novi - Metro Detroit
- Premature birth rates decline in Michigan for sixth year - Metro Detroit
- Police seek help in fatal hit-and-run - Clinton Township
- Looking Back: 1920s Coolidge Highway - Berkley
- Shelby boy battles rare form of cancer - Shelby Township
- Lions Thanksgiving halftime show spotlights WLC band, cheer teams - Walled Lake
- Macomb Home Depot creates college scholarship in honor of deceased employee - Macomb Township
- East Detroit student dies following pool accident - Eastpointe
- Attorney dies in Harper Avenue crash - St. Clair Shores
- CVHS students to stage production of ‘Hairspray’ - Clinton Township
- Looking Back: Selinsky-Green Farmhouse c. 1898 - St. Clair Shores
- Sterling woman hurt in shooting - Sterling Heights
- Christmas comes to the Shores - St. Clair Shores
- County board considers regional water authority proposal - Macomb County
- Shelby boy battles rare form of cancer
- Lions Thanksgiving halftime show spotlights WLC band, cheer teams
- BHS Orchestra selected to perform at Carnegie Hall
- Macomb Home Depot creates college scholarship in honor of deceased employee
- Child prodigy becomes youngest artist exhibited at Park West Gallery
- All in the family
- Christmas Wonderfest brings holiday wonder to Novi