Police arrest man who they say committed multiple burglaries in Ferndale

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published June 21, 2021

 Andre Gordon

Andre Gordon

FERNDALE — Ferndale police apprehended a man accused of committing at least three burglaries during the past several weeks.

On June 14, Andre Gordon, 23, of Detroit, was arrested by the Ferndale Police Department after he allegedly stole cash and items from a local tobacco store.

Authorities were notified at approximately 6:18 a.m. of a burglary at the Puff Factory, located at 800 W. Nine Mile Road. Officers found the front door of the store smashed, and a witness who saw what happened gave police a description of both the perpetrator and his getaway vehicle.

According to police, Gordon allegedly took two cash drawers containing $400 total and more than 100 tobacco items, such as individual cigarette packs and cigars.

Ferndale Public Information Officer Jill Mahlmeister stated that a sergeant driving around the area noticed a white Nissan van, which matched the description of the getaway vehicle, in the 1700 block of Beaufield Street. The van’s driver, allegedly Gordon, parked the van and fled the scene on foot.

“At the time (police) saw him, he was driving. It’s not uncommon for somebody, if they’re trying to elude officers, to quickly park somewhere and act like they’re getting out to avoid being stopped,” she said.

After 15 minutes, Gordon was located in the backyard of a home in the 1600 block of Kenton Street. Once Gordon was in custody, Ferndale police said they were able to link him to two other local burglaries.

About 20 minutes prior to the Puff Factory breaking and entering, Mahlmeister said, an additional burglary was reported at Olive’s Bloombox, 1011 Livernois St. While nothing was stolen, surveillance footage showed the suspect, believed to be Gordon, rummaging through the shop.

Gordon also is alleged to have committed a burglary at Olive’s on May 22.

“He got cash from the cash register in the flower shop,” Mahlmeister said. “It was about $1,600 in that one. We had footage from that incident as well. It took about four weeks and he obviously came back to the area to do some other burglaries.”

Mahlmeister said Gordon is suspected of committing more burglaries in Ferndale, but police only have been able to tie him to these three.

Gordon was arraigned in the 43rd District Court on three counts of breaking and entering, each a 10-year felony. He was given a $30,000 cash bond and his next court date was scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, June 24.

According to the court, Gordon has yet to be appointed an attorney.