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Crime Report: Vacant Homes Targeted in Break-Ins

The following information was supplied by the Dearborn Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Three Dearborn homes that are vacant and under renovation were broken into within the past week, according to reports. Two were robbed of copper piping.

On the 7900 block of Freda, a vacant home owned by a Dearborn Heights resident was found to be missing copper plumbing from the basement around 4 p.m. March 18. The owner, who plans to rent the property, said he had not been to the house to check on it since March 11.

On the 800 block of Mohawk, also on March 18, a homeowner staying nearby on Vernon while her Mohawk house is being renovated found that someone had broken inside.

According to the owner, one of the entry doors was forced open to gain entry. Signs of an intruder of the four-legged variety were apparent, including scratch marks and paw prints on the walls, as well as animal feces in one of the rooms. The woman assured police that she and her husband do not own a dog.

Nothing was stolen, but a break-in time was hard to pinpoint, as the couple had not checked on the home since March 12.

A third vacant home was broken into during the early morning hours of March 19.

Owners of the property on the 7500 block of Ternes told police that between 10:30 p.m. March 18 and the following morning, someone had broken in by smashing a window, and had stolen copper pipe from their basement. The piping was later found in a garbage bag near the property line.

A neighbor across the street said that he was sitting on his porch around 2:30 a.m. and saw someone hop the fence from the property next door, which is also a vacant home. The neighbor said that the culprit was a short, thin man, but had no other descriptors.

For questions on this blotter, email jessica.carreras@patch.com.

Thomas Barszczowski March 21, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I think that the people buying the copper should be held responsible, too. They take ID and know repeaters who could be reported to police. I mean, if they bring in an aluminum bleacher, they have to know it comes from a park or school. Stop making it so easy to dispose of and they will have no place to get rid of it, LEGALLY.
Jack Thomas March 22, 2012 at 03:02 AM
It's important to purchase the correct policy. The basic dwelling fire policy will not cover theft of copper. Jack Thomas Http://www.pathwayinsurance.net
Patrick Picking March 26, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I tried to get insurance on my vacant property, but was told your company won't insure a vacant house. How do people get insurance for vacant houses, or properties up north that they don't live in?

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