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Franklin sees multiple break-ins of homes for sale

By: Mike Koury | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published February 8, 2016

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FRANKLIN — Multiple homes in Franklin that have been up for sale were invaded and had appliances stolen while homeowners were out of the house recently.

Three home invasions happened along 14 Mile, between Telegraph and Inkster, between Jan. 28 and Jan. 29, all of the homes with “For Sale” signs in front.

Police Chief Daniel Roberts said the main things taken from each of the homes were kitchen appliances such as dishwashers, stoves, ovens and refrigerators. The department is asking anyone who sees a home for sale with a truck backed into the driveway to give them a call, as it is something they would like to investigate.

Roberts said they are communicating with nearby departments — such as Farmington Hills, Beverly Hills and Bloomfield Township — that might have had similar break-ins in their areas.

“We’re working with each of those to see if there is any commonalities between their burglaries and ours,” he said.

For anyone who’s worried that their for-sale home might have a similar break-in, Detective Sgt. Mike Bastianelli said they can call their police department to see if there is a house check list so their home might get some surveillance by police if the owners will be away for a while. That also provides police a direct connection with the homeowners in case something happens to the home while it is vacant.

“Half the time we get there and something’s happened, and it takes us a good few hours to find who actually owns the home,” he said.

Bastianelli said people can have a trusted neighbor keep an eye out for anything suspicious, and homeowners should set any alarms to the home — something many people who are selling a home don’t do.

“Leave the alarms on and in place until the home is sold and occupied,” he said. “A lot of times they don’t do it because you got different Realtors coming in and they set the alarm off. I’d rather go out there because a Realtor’s out there than find all the appliances missing.”

One thing Bastianelli hears often is that people saw something peculiar, but didn’t report anything because they didn’t think much of it at the time or because they didn’t want to bother the police with something that might be nothing.

“That’s what we’re paid to do,” he said. “Immediately, call. Use us. Not a bother.”

Anyone with information on the break-ins should call the Police Department at (248) 626-9672.