Police: burglars nabbed while victims at wedding

By: Eric Czarnik | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published May 16, 2014

Sterling Heights police said they booked three home invasion suspects May 9 in the wake of reports of multiple burglaries that took place while the residents were away at weddings.

Police said their detectives teamed up with a Troy Police Department surveillance unit to keep an eye on a home in the 42000 block of Locklin Drive. At around 11:45 a.m. May 9, the police reportedly saw three suspects targeting that home for an apparent burglary.

According to police, the suspects broke into the home by prying open a garage access door.  Police reportedly arrested the suspects once the trio left the domicile.

The report said the suspects had tried to take jewelry and money during the burglary. The suspects also allegedly left behind a mess of emptied drawers and cupboards, police said. 

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office reportedly authorized charges against the suspects on May 12, and the suspects were arraigned before Magistrate Michael Piatek in 41-A District Court in Sterling Heights.

Taymar Montaser Jarbo, 23, from Sterling Heights; Thomas Salman Khidir, 20, from Detroit; and Aveal Youssuf Gigika, 21, from Troy, were charged with one felony count of second-degree home invasion, as well as one felony count of possession of burglary tools.

Jarbo’s attorney, Jack Kramer, declined to comment about his client or the case. According to a court representative, Khidir did not have an attorney listed at press time. Gigika’s listed attorney, Thomas Everett, could not be reached by press time.

Sterling Heights police say they are trying to piece together any potential ties with other burglaries that occurred while residents were away at wedding events.

“We have had several wedding burglaries involving the Chaldean community — not just here, but some other jurisdictions here in the area,” Police Lt. Luke Riley said. “And the burglaries have involved people that are away for weddings — the families of the individuals getting married. We don’t just think it was random.”

Riley did not say how the suspects might have learned about the victims and their activities, but he said police have some investigative leads.

“That’s why we were watching this home,” he said. “It involved the same circumstances of previous victims.”

Anyone who has more information about this incident should call the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2800.