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Grosse Pointe Shores vehicle theft under investigation

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published July 9, 2019

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — A recent — albeit rare — vehicle theft in Grosse Pointe Shores has public safety officials asking residents to take precautions to prevent them from becoming victims as well.

On June 15, Shores Public Safety Director John Schulte said, an unknown suspect stole a Ford Edge from a home on Ballantyne Road. He said the vehicle was unlocked at the time, and the key fob was left inside.

Because the Edge was equipped with a tracking system, Schulte said police were able to locate and recover it in the area of Seven Mile and Hayes roads in Detroit. Inside the stolen vehicle, he said, police were also able to recover items that had been stolen from vehicles in Grosse Pointe Woods.

“All of the vehicles that were entered were unlocked,” Schulte said.

During a June 18 Shores City Council meeting, Schulte said he wanted to remind residents not to leave valuables inside their vehicles, to lock their vehicles and to park their vehicles inside their garages, if possible. He noted that crooks are often looking for an easy opportunity.

“They’re not smashing windows — they’re lifting door handles,” Schulte said.

Residents are also always urged to immediately report suspicious activity in their neighborhood by calling 911.

Although the suspect or suspects in the vehicle theft and larcenies from vehicles remained at large at press time, police are hoping evidence collected from the Edge might help them identify the person or persons responsible for these incidents.

“We currently have DNA out at the crime lab,” Schulte said.

At press time, Shores Detective Lt. Scott Rohr said the suspect or suspects hadn’t been identified, and it would be weeks before DNA results were back from the lab.

Anyone with more information about the vehicle theft or larcenies can call Shores Public Safety at (313) 881-5500 or Woods Public Safety at (313) 343-2400.