Undoubtedly you have seen or read about ATM thefts using stolen vehicles to ram buildings in other cities. It is not a form of crime we have seen here until now. In the last 30 days we had 1 attempt and one successful theft of a machine at the Stadium Party Store, Opdyke and Pontiac. Other cities are experiencing the same problem.
Last night at about 0300 we had an attempted theft of a 2007 Dodge Durango in the area of Adams and Auburn Rd. The vehicle owner interrupted the theft and observed two subjects attempting to break into the vehicle both wearing hoodies. One subject was holding a flashlight and crowbar. The subjects got into a beige Suburban and fled the area. The only thing the owner could say about a plate on the Suburban was that it was a white background with the blue stripe. Shortly after this there was an attempted theft of an ATM in Rochester Hills at Auburn & Adams Rd.
Detectives have met with other cities’ investigators to share information and develop a plan to put a stop to this. We know that it is a large crew from east and south of us that work in multiple vehicles in a very sophisticated manner. We have joined forces with other departments and federal agencies because this crime spree is so widespread. I can’t describe what we are doing but I can tell you we are very active on it.
These events are happening in the early morning hours-0300 to 0600 approximately. The vehicle is stolen and immediately used to hit a location. We need you to be alert and call us if you see or hear anything you consider suspicious.
And if you drive a Suburban/GMC or Dodge Durango or like vehicle this crew knows some methods that make them easy to steal so if you are driving through town during the hours noted, it is likely that you will be stopped by us to check you out.