Warren police catch alleged serial burglar

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published March 8, 2019

 Robert Blattert

Robert Blattert

WARREN — Police said the alleged suspect in a spate of burglaries at businesses along 12 Mile, Ryan and Mound roads since mid-December was arrested March 6 inside a Mobil gas station.

Robert Gary Blattert, 52, of Warren, was arraigned the next morning in the 37th District Court on one count of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony or larceny and one count of possession of burglary tools, each a 10-year felony.

However, additional charges may soon be coming, as Blattert is reportedly under investigation for a series of burglaries stretching back to mid-December.

Detective Cpl. Mark Ptaszek, of the Warren Police Department, said the Oak Ridge Market at 26700 Ryan Road, the Dollar Tree at 5490 12 Mile Road, the Exxon gas station at 31555 Mound Road, the Marathon gas station at 4001 12 Mile Road and the Mobil gas station at 3909 12 Mile Road, where Blattert was caught, were each burglarized multiple times.

“Each business, he pretty much broke into three times, just stealing cigarettes and candy and cash,” Ptaszek said.

Warren detectives have been working on the case with the assistance of the department’s Special Operations Unit. Ptaszek said the break that led to the arrest happened when an employee of the Mobil gas station, while monitoring a security camera from home, saw Blattert on the video feed just after midnight March 6.

“Because her business had been hit previously, she contacted Warren police. Patrol officers were there within minutes and caught (Blattert) inside,” Ptaszek said.

He said Special Operations Unit officers located a bicycle stashed nearby and were able to follow tire tracks in the new-fallen snow back to Blattert’s residence on Loretta Avenue, where evidence of other burglaries was reportedly recovered.

Blattert apparently has a long criminal history that includes convictions for burglary, prison escape and narcotics.

He remained held in the Macomb County Jail with bail set at $250,000 following his arraignment before Judge Matthew Sabaugh.

According to court records, Blattert requested a court appointed attorney but one was not assigned to the case at press time.