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Thieves Target Cars in Dexter, Scio Twp.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is investigating several vehicle larcenies around the Dexter area.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is urging residents in the village of Dexter and surrounding townships to lock their vehicle doors and not leave valuable items in plain view.

According to Sgt. Keith Flores, deputies have been investigating several vehicle thefts in Dexter Village and Dexter Township since January.

On Jan. 27, deputies were dispatched to the 9000 block of Huron Street in Dexter Township for a vehicle larceny complaint. According to police reports, sometime between 2 p.m. on Jan. 26 and 8 a.m. on Jan. 27, an unknown suspect or suspects broke out the window of the victim's van and stole a GPS unit.

On Jan. 28 at approximately 5:30 p.m., an unknown suspect or suspects entered two vehicles in the 8000 block of Main Street in the village of Dexter. The suspects broke the windows of the vehicles and stole purses, credit cards, cell phones, gift cards, etc. All items were left out in the open, Flores said. According to police, both vehicles were parked between two buildings, which helped conceal the theft.

On Feb. 6, deputies responded to the 2800 block of Sagebrush Circle in Scio Township for a larceny that occurred between Feb. 4 and Feb. 5. According to police, the victim stated that he left his vehicle parked in front of his home and when he came out the next day he noticed that someone had cut of his catalytic converter.

According to police, there are no suspects and no other reports of catalytic converter theft in the area.

Elaine Owsley February 08, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I always feel if folks leave an invitation for thieves - obvious valuables or unlocked cars - they should be billed for police time to investigate. Since they've been part of the crime, they should pay for the time.
Dexter resident February 08, 2013 at 05:47 PM
According to the article, none of the vehicles were left unlocked. While leaving valuables in plain sight is not a good idea, the idea of billing the victims is ridiculous. Show a little compassion for the victims. They did not invite criminals to break into their vehicles, they were victimized. Your comment needs to be removed. It is totally inappropriate.
Elaine Owsley February 08, 2013 at 05:57 PM
If you read my comment, I didn't say those people, I said "folks" which means anyone. They did, in fact, invite criminals, by putting temptation in their way. As a taxpayer, I would like to see some kind of payment for police time spent following up on their carelessness. That would be appropriate.
jean sullivan February 08, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Honestly, Elaine, check your (inner anger) meter. If meaness is your therapy it is not the cure.
Elaine Owsley February 08, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Just being realistic. We are not in Kansas, any more. The time is past for believing that everyone is good. We are responsible for our own possessions.
Dexter resident February 10, 2013 at 08:52 PM
I read your comment. You are implying that the "folks" victimized in the article are at fault and should be penalized. They have already "paid" by losing their possessions and a sense of security. Your original comment is still inappropriate.
Dexter resident February 10, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Spot on comment, dexter!
Dexter resident February 11, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Well said.

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