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West Bloomfield Police: String of Thefts from Parked Cars Could be Linked

The following information was provided by the West Bloomfield Township Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

 reports from May 28-June 3 included 67 alarms, 31 crashes and 17 arrests. Among the highlights:

String of thefts from parked cars may be linked

Thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise was taken from a vehicle parked in a West Bloomfield driveway, according to Lt. Tim Diamond.

The break-in, at the 3000 block of Bloomfield Shore, took place overnight between June 2-3, Diamond said. The rear passenger window of a 2011 Cadillac Escalade was broken-in, Diamond said, and more than $10,000 in merchandise was taken out of the vehicle.

Stolen items included all four wheels and tires, an Apple iPad, and a set of golf clubs. The incident is similar in nature to several others which have taken place in recent weeks in which tires and wheels were stolen off of vehicles parked in driveways overnight, Diamond added. 

Home ransacked, $28K in cash and merchandise taken

A West Bloomfield family returned home from vacation June 3 to find their home on the 3000 block of Woodview Lake Road ransacked, according to Diamond.

There are no suspects or witnesses in the incident, Diamond said, which is expected to have occurred between 5:30 p.m. June 1 and 8 p.m. June 3. There were no signs of forced entry and police found a sliding glass door in the lower level of the home, Diamond added.

Twelve thousand dollars cash is estimated to have been taken, along with computers and jewelry amounting to about $28,000 in total losses, Diamond said.

Party season almost in full swing

As "Pomp and Circumstance" fills the air and the temperature rises, Diamond said, party season is almost in full swing for graduates and others celebrating the return of the summer season.

"'Tis the season," Diamond said. "We usually get loud noise complaints about this time of year."

Diamond advised party hosts to let their neighbors know in advance, so that the additional parked cars in the street does not come as a surprise. 

"Typically, we warn people that we're getting complaints, so turn the music down, or whatever the case may be. Most of the time, they comply. Then after we warn them, if we get called back, we take enforcement action," he said.

If you have any information about this incident, you can call West Bloomfield Police at (248) 975-9200. For questions about this report, email tim.rath@patch.com.

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