Thief takes television as Farmington Hills family sleeps

While a Farmington Hills family slept Sunday night, someone opened an unlocked, sliding glass door and grabbed their television set.


Investigators are also looking into overnight thefts from unlocked vehicles on the same street, Thorny Brae, as well as New Castle, Green Willow, and Hawberry. The area is located west of Farmington Road and between 12 and 13 Mile Roads.

The home break-in, Farmington Hills Police Commander Matt Koehn said, was likely a “crime of opportunity” as the thief or thieves checked for open doors.

“It looks like they just reached into the house,” he said.

Items taken from the vehicles include cash and loose change, lottery tickets, and a purse. Koehn said police are still looking into similar thefts from vehicles that happened over the last few weeks in the 14 Mile/Haggerty and Middlebelt/I-696 areas.

“It’s a continuing theme,” he said. “We’re putting as many resources as we can into this.”

Koehn added that residents can help by keeping the car doors, and household doors and windows, locked. In fact a press release issued about the latest incidents included this warning, with bold print and capital letters:

“The Farmington Hills Police Department would like to remind the public to LOCK YOUR VEHICLE AND HOME AT ALL TIMES, ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT. Vehicles should be parked in well-lit areas and valuable items should not be stored inside vehicles. If items must be left inside a vehicle, residents should ensure those items are not visible and secure them in the trunk.”

Anyone with information related to these incidents should call 248-871-2610. If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call 911 for an immediate response.