Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Undercover Officers Patrol Local Stores

Police: Spike In Break-Ins, Theft Prompt More Patrolling
POSTED: Tuesday, December 1, 2009
UPDATED: 8:12 am EST December 2, 2009
WARREN, Mich -- An increase in car break-ins in Warren is prompting police to go undercover in several store parking lots.
Police said thieves have been swiping GPS devices from cars at Universal Mall, the Meijer store at 12 Mile and Mound roads and a strip mall at 11 Mile and Hoover roads.
“We’re looking at electronics … DVD players, CD players. Whatever items of value they can see they’re going after,” said Warren Police Sgt. Dave Geffert.
Police also said there have been an increased number of reports about car theft, mugging, and retail theft in those areas.
Geffert said officers will be watching cars and people.
“If she exits the store, we’re going to make sure she gets to her car safely,” he said.
Police said they are warning women and elderly people to travel in groups and avoid carrying purses or handbags that are easy to grab.