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Vandals Damage Home, Businesses Burglarized

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

officers reported to 88 alarms, 42 car accidents (including nine Wednesday, mostly because of rainy weather) and 12 arrests from Oct. 12-20. Following are highlights of the police reports:

Home vandalized while owners away

The interior of a home on the 4100 block of Haggerty Road was reported Monday to have been heavily damaged while the homeowner was away Oct. 7-17, according to Diamond.

Diamond listed the damage to the home:

  • Spraypaint was found on the walls of the basement, stairs and refridgerator.
  • Dry and wet groceries were thrown all over the walls and furniture.
  • Toner cartridges and personal records were dumped all over the home.
  • The suspects either consumed or dumped various bottles of alcohol that were stored in the home and the glass bottles were broken.
  • A cloth was shoved down the toilet.
  • Oil and transmission fluid were on the floor in the garage.
  • A guitar was stolen.

The suspects gained entry through broken windows in the basement and a screen to the bathroom window that was torn apart, Diamond said.

Neighbors reported seeing teenage boys coming in and out of the house during the period, but did not report suspicious behavior, Diamond said. There are no suspects and the homeowner is not known to have enemies, he said, and police are investigating.

Diamond said he's confident the suspects will be apprehended. "Obviously, it's kids being stupid. Only a guitar was stolen and that's certainly something a kid would take. Many times, especially with young offenders, they'll talk. They want to tell somebody about all the things they were doing," Diamond said.

Diamond suggested to residents that if they know they will be away for a week, to notify neighbors and ask someone to check in on the residence occasionally.

Electronics stolen from businesses

Burglaries of businesses next door to each other were reported this past Monday to have occurred sometime between the weekend of Oct. 14-16, according to Lt. Tim Diamond.

Workers at Clinical Psychological Services and the University of Nursing in the office park at 5777 W. Maple Rd. reported the break-ins to police Monday morning after discovering windows on the south side of the respective businesses had been pried open with an unknown tool, Diamond said.

A 32-inch Samsung television worth $600, a DVD player of unknown make worth $100, an Apple iPad worth $500 and an Apple desktop computer worth $1,500 were reported stolen from the businesses. There is no surveillance footage available, Diamond said.

"These are probably the same culprits," Diamond said. "There are no suspects and police are investigating. We've processed for fingerprints already."

If you have any questions about this report, email Tim.Rath@Patch.com

David Martzolff October 25, 2011 at 02:10 AM
Timothy Rath, keep up the great work. The vandals that destroyed the interior of the home on the block of 4100 Haggerty Rd., have destroyed the family members lives who reside there, let alone the home and ALL the personal belongings that can never be replaced. West Bloomfield residents need to be cautious and aware of their surroundings. This type of crime should NEVER happen to anyone in their lifetime. Residents of West Bloomfield, UNITE to get these home destroyers off the streets and keep our neighborhoods safe.
Timothy Rath (Editor) October 25, 2011 at 04:23 AM
David, thank you.
Roman October 26, 2011 at 12:57 PM
Hope the police find these punks and put an end to all this soon!
Amy Smithson October 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM
Hopefully the police are talking to your local high school kids on their campuses in order to gain tips from rumors and gossip - because they're right - if kids were responsible, one of them will eventually talk about it. I hope you find justice for what has happened, and very soon!
sue October 28, 2011 at 09:48 PM
In a society where discipline is frowned upon and children are raised with no boundaries or structure let alone respect, I see this type of behavior increasing. Unfortunately too, these people will one day make the decisions on how our country is run! Scarey. I hope the authorities arrest these miscreants, removing them as a threat to anything or anyone.
David Baranowski October 30, 2011 at 01:42 PM
We are homeowners in West Bloomfield and are appalled at the vandalism that happened to one of our neighbors and friend on the 4100 block of Haggerty. We thought we lived in a safe neighborhood. I moved out here to raise my kids in a safe environment. Just to destroy property? I see this area is begining to turn into a mini Detroit. Hope they catch the psychopaths that destroyed our neighbors home.

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