The Ferndale Police Department arrested a man who allegedly had stolen items from the vehicles of Ferndale residents, and it is asking anyone who was the victim of the thefts to come forward and claim their belongings.

The Ferndale Police Department arrested a man who allegedly had stolen items from the vehicles of Ferndale residents, and it is asking anyone who was the victim of the thefts to come forward and claim their belongings.

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Ferndale police catch man allegedly stealing from vehicles

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published May 24, 2019

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FERNDALE — A 22-year-old Warren man was arrested for allegedly looting vehicles in the city, and local authorities are asking anyone who might have had items taken from their cars to call the police.

According to the Ferndale Police Department, officers were notified by a resident out walking that two men were going through vehicles at 5:30 a.m. May 21 on West Oakridge Street, between Livernois Avenue and Pinecrest Drive.

“They had flashlights and they were just walking down the street going through cars,” Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown said. “We dispatched officers to the area of Oakridge and between Livernois and Pinecrest. When the officers arrived, these two men took off running into the neighborhood through the yards.”

Brown said a perimeter was set up in the area for police to conduct a yard-to-yard search. This led to the arrest of one of the two alleged perpetrators in the 600 block of West Drayton Avenue.

“He was hiding near a resident’s house, and that resident called us and obviously let us know that there’s someone hiding in (their) yard,” Brown said. “The other person, we never caught up with. He was able to elude us.”

Ferndale police were able to collect several items that the two suspects allegedly stole, which were found along the route that the men took to flee. The items included iPhone earbuds, rock climbing equipment and a red vehicle emergency pack.

“Just different types of things that we put on our social media that people hopefully will recognize,” Brown said. “(Like) a Tupperware full of change. Somebody that has that in their car is going to look at that and go, ‘Oh, that’s my Tupperware thing full of change.’ So we’re hoping to identify some more victims, get them their stuff back, and possibly link the person we do have in custody to those additional crimes.”

Brown said police have solid reports from at least two residents who said that their vehicles had been looted.

Any residents who had vehicles broken into on the morning of May 21 are asked to call the Ferndale Police Department at (248) 541-3650 to inquire about any stolen items that police might have recovered.

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