Officers with the are investigating what appears to be the coordinated thefts from of multiple Chrysler Town & Country minivans parked outside local office buildings Monday.
Chief Rick Matott said officers responded to three similar larceny-from-auto calls from minivan owners late Monday afternoon. The first incident was reported at about 3:15 p.m. by the owner of a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Bloomfield Hills Parkway. Reports said the owner parked her red 2012 Chrysler Town and Country minivan in the lot at 8 a.m. and noticed the glove box open, and a hole in the dash where the radio/navigation system was when she got off work at about 3 p.m.
The responding officer found the location where the suspect forced entry into the vehicle without breaking any glass, and a check of the area found no other vehicles had been broken into. The radio/navigation system is valued at about $1000, according to reports.
At about 4:40 p.m., an officer responded to the 200 block of East Long Lake Rd., to take another larceny from auto report. The owner told police she had parked her red 2009 Chrysler Town & Country minivan in the morning and came out of work at 4:30 p.m. She opened the door and noticed the hole in the dash where the radio/navigation system had been, reports said. The officer again found the location where the Suspect forced entry into the vehicle without breaking any glass. There were no other vehicle break-ins reported from that location, reports said. The radio/navigation system was valued at more than $500.
At about 5:30 p.m., reports show an officer responded to the 39000 block of Woodward Avenue for yet another larceny-from-auto complaint. The owner told police she parked her black 2010 Chrysler Town & Country minivan in the morning and found a hole in the dash where her radio/navigation system had been when she opened the door. The thief forced entry to the vehicle without breaking any glass, and no other vehicles in the lot were broken into, reports said. The radio/navigation system was valued at more than $500.
No suspect information was available in any of the incidents, Matott said.
"We obviously got hit by one or more suspect(s) targeting Chrysler Town & Country minivans," he said. "The same M.O. regarding type of vehicle, item taken and method of entry is evident at each scene."
He said the incidents remain under investigation and that area departments were notified.
Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 248-644-4200.
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