String of break-ins targets Asian business owners in West Bloomfield

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published January 8, 2018

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Police Department is warning residents about a string of break-ins targeting local business owners. 

Detective Brooke Dolmyer linked three recent home invasions in West Bloomfield to other home invasions in the greater metro area that happened throughout December 2017. 

“Every few years, there’s a rash of (these),” said Dolmyer. “They target people that have businesses and keep large amounts of cash at home.” 

The home invasions targeted business owners who are Asian and either own restaurants or nail salons. 

“We are asking our business owners to keep a high degree of situational awareness and look for anything out of the ordinary at or around their businesses or residences,” said WBPD Deputy Chief Curt Lawson. 

Other related home invasions have occurred in Novi, White Lake Township and Canton. There have been eight to 10 invasions that Dolmyer has identified that she believes are related.

A majority of the home invasions occurred in the afternoon, while the business owners were at work. Entry was made through second-story windows using a ladder, because most upper-level windows are not protected by alarm systems. 

Cash or high-end watches, sometimes both, were taken in the home invasions. 

“They are taking money and high-end watches,” said Dolmyer. “No electronics or anything else. They want to get in and out quick. They’re not going to mess around with jewelry that isn’t expensive.”

Three possible suspects have been described as black males in their late teens to late 20s. 

Police believe there is a strong possibility the suspects may have followed the business owners home from their places of business to identify where they live.

The WBPD is working with law enforcement personnel in the other municipalities where incidents have happened to locate the suspects. 

Anyone who sees something or someone suspicious should call the WBPD immediately at (248) 975-9200.