Arrest ends two-week crime spree

By DANIEL HERATY
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS – Two suspects have been arrested in connection with robberies that spanned 14 days and three cities.

One of two brothers from Dearborn Heights, 24, and a friend, a 19-year-old Dearborn man, were arrested about 4 a.m. Nov. 3 after they allegedly broke into a Firebird gas station, 6425 Telegraph.

An officer on patrol in the area spotted the suspects’ red 1999 Isuzu Rodeo pulling onto Telegraph from the gas station.

According to a report, the officer saw three male occupants, with the driver wearing a white mask covering his mouth and nose. As the officer tried to stop the sport utility vehicle, the driver made
an abrupt turn west onto Hass and then north onto Drexel. The driver then stopped in front of a house on the east side of Drexel, then ran up the driveway.

A Dearborn K-9 officer tracked the driver and the friend, who were discovered hiding under the front wheelchair ramp of a house in the 6000 block of Mayburn.

Dearborn Heights Sgt. Michael Petri said Allen Park Police officers interviewed the suspects and determined the only robbery they were involved in was Oct. 26 at Sunoco, 8125 Telegraph, where about $2,400 worth of lottery tickets and cigarettes were stolen. The friend admitted to officers to taking part in about 10 break-ins over a two-week period.

The SUV had a shattered front window and did not have a license plate, which was later found on the rear floorboard.

A blue ski mask and a pair of black and gray gloves were found, along with a black baseball cap, in the backyard of a house in the 6000 block of Vernon. An officer recognized the cap from the break-in at Sunoco, where blood and a piece of a latex glove were taken as evidence. Officers noticed one of the suspects had a bandaged cut on his right hand.

(Daniel Heraty can be reached at dheraty@bewickpublications.com.)