Furnaces stolen from two vacant homes in Berkley

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published November 28, 2017

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BERKLEY — The Berkley Public Safety Department is investigating two thefts of furnaces from vacant homes that authorities believed to be connected.

The first burglary was reported to the Public Safety Department at 2:58 p.m. Nov. 21 in the 3000 block of Bacon Avenue. The second burglary was reported at 8:43 p.m. Nov. 21 in the 3000 block of Ellwood Avenue.

According to the public safety report, a 54-year-old Oak Park man, who is the property owner of the Bacon site, told police that his real estate agent found the furnace missing that same day. The man said his agent discovered the front door knob of the home was missing and saw evidence of a forced entry.

The real estate agent stated he was last in the home at 4 p.m. Nov. 17 and that no one should have been at the residence since.

Later that day, the department received a report of a burglary on Ellwood, where a furnace had been taken from another unoccupied home.

According to the report, a 43-year-old Berkley woman said that when she arrived at the home that day, she found the garage door opener was not working. When she went to the side door, she found evidence of a forced entry and realized that the home had no power.

When she went downstairs to reset the breakers, she found the furnace was missing.

Police stated the side door and the door inside the garage were forced open, and a sliding door was used to remove the furnace. The woman told authorities she was last at the home Nov. 18 and that no one should have been there since.

“I haven’t seen this type of crime in Berkley in a long time,” Berkley Public Safety Detective Lt. Andrew Hadfield said. “It doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen in other cities, and we’ll be working with those other (nearby) agencies to see if we can get any comparisons from this case to any other break-ins.”

Hadfield said the department believes the two crimes are connected, as the homes are in the “same general area” and both were vacant and had furnaces stolen.

“At this point, we do have several leads that we’re following up on in regards to this,” he said. 

Police ask that if anybody notices somebody near a vacant home removing anything from it, that they call police.

Anyone with information on either of the two burglaries should contact the Berkley Public Safety Department at (248) 658-3380.