A week or so ago I wrote about a multi-jurisdictional trend we had seen with stolen cars being used to commit other crimes. My purpose in blogging about it was to let you know that we were seeing a problem so that you could help us. After all, we are in this together. We would like to thank all of you for the tips we received and the quick reports of attempts on vehicles.
Last week and then over the weekend we got a big break which lead to a bigger break in the case resulting in arrests. I can’t give you too many details because there is more being done. Some of the group is in custody as a result of the work of a team effort among police in several communities. But some of the thieves are still out. It is a surprisingly sophisticated criminal group. Many of them have very long criminal histories. They operate in the entire SE Michigan area–criminals don’t recognize city boundaries.
It is unusual for us to have this many stolen and attempts to steal vehicles. Maybe such a small number isn’t a big deal other places but it is to us. Our overall number involved was less than 10 counting the attempts. Some of the vehicles involved were stolen just outside of our community in neighboring cities.
For vehicle owners I know that it is a big problem to have to your vehicle damaged in an attempt and really bad if your vehicle is actually stolen. It is frustrating and expensive. I know because it happened to me a few years ago. We don’t want it to happen to you.
So I think we have a good handle on this thing at this point. Time will tell. Help us by staying on the lookout for suspicious things. Don’t worry if we investigate and it doesn’t turn out to be what you thought. No big deal. We want a chance to check things out — you know what is out of place in your neighborhood.
I can’t say enough good stuff about the work of these multi-jurisdictional teams of investigators. They confer frequently to share information and contribute personnel to achieve outcomes no community could achieve by themselves. Everyone has a piece of the puzzle and when they put the pieces together we can make the case. We each put in a person and together we make up a team. They do excellent work.
We will say more at the appropriate time.