EastpointeAugust 9, 2012
Police investigating vandalism in Eastpointe
By Sara Kandel
C & G Staff Writer
Police are searching for two or more vandalism suspects who have been destroying residential property around the city.
Police have responded to four malicious destruction of property calls in the past week and they believe the same suspects might be responsible for each incident.
The front window off a home in the 23200 block of Rosalind was shot out with what investigators believe to be an air gun on Monday evening, Aug. 6. The homeowners told responding officers that they were sitting inside their home when they heard people talking in or near their front yard.
When they went to the door to investigate they observed a group of young, white males walking out of their next-door neighbor’s backyard and across the street to an abandoned home, where they got into a black Pontiac Grand Am that was parked in the driveway.
The vehicle backed out of the driveway and upon seeing the peering homeowners stopped in front of their home. The victims didn’t see anything but they heard a loud noise and their front window shattered.
Responding officers spoke with the neighbor, who reported not knowing anyone with a black Pontiac Grand Am and not having had an visitors come or go in the hours leading up to the incident.
Five similar incidents were reported within hours of the initial Rosalind incident, one just a few blocks away.
Police responded to the 22800 block of Rosalind that same night when a homeowner discovered the glass on their front door was shattered and observed an unknown black van in the area. A little later in the night, police responded to a third call. The back-hatch window of a vehicle was shattered in the 18000 block of Stephens.
The following morning, Tuesday, Aug. 7, police responded to three additional incidents. The rear window of a Ford Explorer was broken out in the 24000 block of Wilmot. The vehicle owner did not see or hear anything.
Just one block away, in the 23000 block of Wilmot, the backseat driver side window of a 2008 Ford Fusion was also broken out. Also discovered last Tuesday morning, the rear window of a Jeep was broken out in the 24000 block of Tuscany.
A file containing reports from each incident was forwarded to the detective’s bureau for further investigation.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the Eastpointe Police Department at (586) 445-5100.
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