Grosse Pointe Shores resident’s tip leads to arrest of larceny suspects

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 30, 2019

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GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Two suspects believed to be responsible for a number of local larcenies from vehicles were arrested after police got a tip from a Grosse Pointe Shores resident who reportedly saw the suspects in the act.

According to a police report, a resident in the first block of Stratton Place called police around 1:52 a.m. Sept. 29 after he saw the two suspects — a 48-year-old Roseville man and a 49-year-old Chesterfield Township man — apparently trying to break into his vehicle. Police initially thought the suspects intended to steal the vehicle.

The resident who witnessed the incident told police that he saw the suspects flee the area in a Chevy sedan on Lake Shore Road. Police pulled over a light-colored, older model Chevy Malibu with two men matching the suspects’ descriptions; police said the vehicle was speeding at the time of the traffic stop. 

The suspect from Chesterfield, who was driving, was said by police to be “sweaty and nervous,” and he reportedly kept telling police this was “a case of mistaken identity.” Police said the passenger denied having any identification on him and then gave police what turned out to be a fake name.

The suspects and their vehicle were positively identified by the witness and arrested, police said. Detective Lt. Scott Rohr said that inside the vehicle, police recovered burglary tools and items believed to have been stolen from other crime sites. A police report states that two radar detectors with their serial numbers removed were found inside the Malibu.

Police said the Shores resident’s vehicle, a BMW, had a broken driver’s side window and a radar detector mounted on the center of the dashboard. The victim’s home surveillance system, according to police, had captured footage of the suspects approaching the BMW and breaking the window before they were scared off by the homeowner, who was banging on one of his home’s windows and yelling at the suspects to get away from the vehicle.

Rohr said one or both of the suspects are believed to be responsible for other recent larcenies from vehicles in Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe Woods. Rohr said the Shores had another larceny from auto Sept. 23 that resembled the Stratton Place incident and other incidents linked to the suspects, so police have reason to believe they may have been responsible for that crime as well. 

While many larcenies from automobiles involve suspects entering unlocked vehicles, that wasn’t the case with these incidents.

“This is the first time in a long time we’ve had windows broken in vehicles,” Rohr said.

The suspects are believed to have been targeting particular valuables that were visible inside the vehicle, police said.

Police praised the resident for calling them immediately, which enabled them to locate and arrest the suspects nearby.

“We always encourage people to call police whenever they see something suspicious going on,” Rohr said. “This is a good example of why we say that. … If you see something, call 911. These are emergency situations.”

At press time, Rohr said the Shores Public Safety Department was submitting a warrant request to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. The suspects, who were still in police custody and could be facing attempted larceny-from-auto charges in the Shores, weren’t expected to be arraigned until Oct. 1 at the earliest, he said.