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Police: $30K of Jewelry Taken in Burglary

The following information was provided by the West Bloomfield Township Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Carpenter finds door ajar; homeowner discovers missing jewelry

A carpenter arrived at a house on the 7200 block of Locklin about 7 p.m. May 25 to find no one home and the door ajar. He had been hired by the homeowner to build cabinets. After notifying police, he called the homeowner and the two went inside to find that a jewelry box in the master bedroom had been opened and that $30,000 worth of jewelry including a two-karat diamond ring, pearl earrings, and a gold necklace were missing in addition to a lockbox containing several important documents.

Police Lt. Tim Diamond said that the thief or thieves went straight to the master bedroom after opening the sliding glass patio door.  There were no signs of forced entry and police have no suspects.

2 men in white van may have taken copper pipes

A home owner returned to his unoccupied home on the 2400 block of Lochaven May 24 to check on the property when he saw a white van parked in the driveway. He saw a man leave the house through the front door and call out behind him to another man before the two jumped in the van and fled going southbound on Lochaven. Police found that copper pipes had been uninstalled and removed from the basement.

The van is described as an older model GMC with a ladder on top, black tinted windows in the back and no windows on the sides. Entry was apparently gained by breaking glass in the door and unlocking it from inside. Police have no suspects.

Laptop computer, electronics taken from vehicle

A woman parked her 1997 Jeep Wrangler in her driveway on the 3500 block of Orchard Lake overnight around 5 p.m. May 26 and when she returned around 7 a.m. May 27 found that the soft top on her vehicle had been cut and several items missing. Items taken included an Apple MacBook Pro brand laptop computer, a Canon digital camera, a GPS system, a calculator, a cell phone, wallet, credit cards, and $225 cash.

Police have no suspects. Diamond advised that residents keep their valuable items out of sight when parking their vehicles. "Everybody carries something valuable and a lot of that stuff is in cars," Diamond said. "It’s a lot easier to shut the door and lock it and leave (valuable items) there, but kids call it car-hopping — they just go door to door and look in the windows and take what they like or they can sell."

If you have any information on the incidents, call the at 248-975-9200. For questions about this blotter, email Tim.Rath@Patch.com.

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