Police on lookout for early morning vandals

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 14, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — Vandals who reportedly lob rocks and fireworks, or commit other acts of property destruction, have been on the loose in Sterling Heights, and police say they are looking for help in tracking them down.

According to police, about 25 vandalism incidents have been tallied recently. They say the destruction occurred early in the morning July 9, much of it targeting homes and vehicles in the vicinity of Clinton River Road, Schoenherr Road and Saal Road. Other vandalism occurred in an area around Dodge Park Road between 17 Mile Road and Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights Police Lt. David Sarvello said.

Police said that audible commotion outside, including one report of a male voice, alerted residents to the activity. Two reports mention seeing someone running to a vehicle, and surveillance footage reportedly shows two suspects — one approaching a home and kicking the door, and the other throwing fireworks on a porch.

Police are searching for a vehicle described as either a Jeep Liberty or Jeep Compass. Officers also are looking for the two suspects — one is described as a white man between the ages of 18 and 22 who was wearing dark-colored clothing at the time.

Sarvello said police had no leads July 12, a day after they released surveillance footage of the suspects.

“In this particular circumstance, we believe it may be some type of thrill-seekers, maybe juveniles that are of a mischievous age in general,” he said.

Sarvello explained that any apprehended suspect will be charged separately for each vandalism incident. Malicious destruction of property between $200 and $1,000 is a misdemeanor, and an incident creating a higher amount of damage would be a felony, he said.

“Each residence suffered probably between $500 to $1,000 damage. That would just be an average,” he said. “We’re estimating (the total) at a little over $17,000.”

Video of the suspects can be found at youtu.be/lpudin0EQjI. Anyone who has further knowledge about these incidents is encouraged to contact the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2850.