Saline Police Chief Jerrod Hart is crediting an alert community member and good police work for the arrest of two Milan males suspected in a series of home invasions and larcenies from vehicles that took place early March 15.
Around 1:45 a.m., police responded to the area of Eastlook and Marlpool Drive after someone called police to report two males on bicycles going through vehicles.
Saline Police officers spotted two males on bikes and watched them get into a vehicle and try to leave the area. Police stopped the vehicle. A search of the vehicle produced property reported stolen from unlocked vehicles and garages. Police also recovered a weapon reported stolen out of Milan.
The males, ages 17 and 18, were arrested and lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail awaiting arraignment on felony charges.
It’s rare to see an arrest on larceny from vehicles.
“I often talk about law enforcement being a team effort with other law enforcement agencies. That’s also true of community members. Folks know the routines in their neighborhoods. They know what’s right and what’s wrong. In this case we are very thankful that a community member observed a suspicious activity and reported it to the Saline Police Department,” Hart said. “That allowed our police to do great police work.”
The Saline Police Department is petitioning for home invasion charges. According to Hart, the suspects used garage door openers in vehicles to enter garages and steal property.
Hart reminded people to keep their cars locked and garage doors down.
“There often needs to be opportunity for a criminal to take action. Make sure your vehicles are locked and your garage doors are down before you retire for the evening,” Hart said. “Take away criminals’ opportunities and we’ll all be safer.”