Bloomfield TownshipAugust 01, 2013
Police seek suspects who tied up, robbed Bloomfield Township family
By Tiffany Esshaki
A family is “visibly shaken” but otherwise OK, investigators say, following a dramatic armed robbery during which six people were tied up and robbed late Wednesday night.
Police were called to a home in the 3000 block of Manchester Court at around 11 p.m. July 31 on reports of a home invasion. When officers arrived, they found the front door standing open, and the suspects had already fled the scene.
According to reports, six family members were inside the home that evening when two men entered the residence through an unlocked door in the garage. One of the suspects was said to be armed with a gun and the other with a pair of scissors. At that time, the suspects took the family, ranging in age from 6 to 63 years old, to a bedroom and tied them up before ransacking the house.
Sgt. Timothy Abbo of the Bloomfield Hills police said it’s likely the family was targeted in this case, though it’s not yet known if the family actually knows the suspects. He added that the robbers probably didn’t expect there to be a full house upon their arrival.
“They were tied up with belts, neckties, clothing from the closet,” said Abbo, noting that the suspects didn’t bring materials to bind the residents. “They probably weren’t expecting that many people to be there.”
He said the homeowners were able to free themselves and call police after the approximately 45-minute long ordeal. It’s estimated that about $100,000 worth of cash and jewelry was taken.
Now that the family is safe, the police are turning their attention to finding the suspects. The first suspect is described as a black man, about 6 feet tall, with a skinny build, and he was carrying a silver handgun. The second suspect is described as shorter than the first suspect, and armed with a pair of scissors. Both men were dressed in black, including face masks, hats, black hoodies and black pants. It’s possible that the vehicle the suspects were driving was parked nearby during the incident.
Abbo said he’s already received several tips from neighbors in the area who might’ve seen something between the hours of 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. that night, and no tip is going unheeded.
“We’ve had some neighbors reach out, and we’re following up very aggressively. It’s a very open and very fluid situation right now. With the proper lead, I’m confident we’ll catch them,” he said.
Police are also asking residents to be sure doors, including garage doors and rear entrances, are locked. In this case, the garage door was left unlocked as to accommodate the large family’s comings and goings. Routines like that could potentially make a home a target for intruders.
Those who have any information regarding this case are asked to call the Bloomfield Township Police Department at (248) 433-7755.