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Suspect arrested in series of weekend larcenies

January 15, 2013

A man who’s no stranger to police has been arrested after a string of larcenies from unlocked vehicles over the weekend.

The suspect — a 29-year-old Detroit man and former Farms resident who was on parole at the time of his arrest — was in jail awaiting an expected arraignment Jan. 16 on charges that will be determined by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, but are likely to include possession of stolen property. Detective Lt. Richard Rosati said police arrested the suspect at his downtown Detroit apartment Jan. 14, where they recovered items that had been stolen in Farms and may have been taken from vehicles elsewhere, including a tire pump and six GPS units — one of which was likely stolen from a Detroit resident, and one of which probably came from a Southfield resident, given the addresses in both.

According to police reports, between Jan. 12 and Jan. 13, there were nine larcenies from vehicles — thefts primarily of loose change, but also music CDs, Ray-Ban sunglasses and a Garmin GPS unit. The items were taken from nearby streets in the suspect’s old neighborhood, including the 200 block of Merriweather, the 200 block of Kenwood Court, the 200 block of Mount Vernon and the 200 block of Cloverly, police reports indicated.

Rosati said the suspect inadvertently dropped his iPhone inside one of the vehicles he hit that evening, which led police to him. Police reports show that there was blood on the iPhone, apparently from the suspect, who is believed to have injured himself accidentally running into a fence in the 200 block of Moran. Rosati said the suspect had a number of cuts on him at the time of his arrest, but results on a test of the blood found on the phone and inside the vehicle weren’t back by press time.

The suspect had already been convicted of several offenses, including assault of a police officer and larceny from a motor vehicle out of Washtenaw County, for which he had served time and was on parole, according to the Michigan Offender Tracking Information System. Rosati said the suspect, who is said to have a history of drug abuse, committed previous offenses in the Farms, including larceny from a vehicle, and he had been scheduled to appear in Farms Municipal Court Feb. 6 for violating the conditions of his probation after allegedly being involved in a domestic assault on a family member. Rosati said the suspect had been on a 24-month probation with the Farms that started March 7, 2012. He is said to have tested positive for cocaine Dec. 13, 2012, as well.

“It appears that he’ll be going back to prison,” Rosati said of the suspect.

Although the criminal justice system has yet to rule on the suspect’s reported involvement in the latest string of larcenies, Rosati said that given the large amount of evidence against the suspect — including footprints at the scene of the broken fence that matched the suspect’s distinctive size-15 feet and the tread of the shoes he was wearing — police are “pretty certain” he’s responsible for all of the larcenies in the Farms over the weekend, especially considering the close proximity of the crimes.

“We’d rather have no larcenies, but the next best thing to having no larcenies is closing them all out,” Rosati said.

The suspect could be facing habitual offender and larceny in a building charges, as well, given his history and the fact that one of the vehicles was inside a garage at the time, the detective said.

Police were planning to contact the victims they’re aware of to reunite them with their stolen items, but for the items that might have been stolen but whose owners remain unidentified, police are contacting other law enforcement agencies in the area to try to find those victims. People who believe one of the stolen items might belong to them should contact the Public Safety Department’s Detective Bureau at (313) 885-2100.

Police are also reminding residents to make it harder for crooks to victimize them, and to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods immediately.

“Please lock your doors, and don’t leave valuables in your car,” Rosati said. “Grosse Pointe Farms and all of the Pointes are very safe cities, but don’t provide opportunities (for criminals) and it’ll be even safer.”

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