2014-03-13 / Front Page

Police recover property stolen from vehicles in Bad Axe

By Kelly Taylor-Jerome
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BAD AXE — Property was stolen from at least 16 vehicles late Monday night and early Tuesday morning on the west side of Bad Axe, and police expect more victims to come forward.

“We have property we don’t have victims for yet, that’s why I am urging people to go check their cars and call it in if they are missing anything,” Bad Axe Police Chief David W. Rothe said.

A search warrant executed at approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday uncovered stolen merchandise. Rothe said the property included cell phones, GPS devices, charging cords, money, wallets, bags, purses, cosmetics and other personal items that the victims kept in their cars.

While Rothe believes many vehicles were entered illegally, the suspects did not use force to gain entrance.

“The (suspects) said that when they came to cars that were locked, they just kept on going. We got that from interviewing them,” Rothe said.

Bad Axe Police Officer Nate G. Flores discovered the larcenies after receiving a tip while working on another complaint, Rothe said. Flores identified three possible suspects and turned the information over to Det./ Sgt. Kevin Knoblock, who obtained a search warrant.

During the search, police recovered stolen merchandise and located one suspect, who was interviewed. That suspect admitted to his involvement in the crimes, and he was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Warren Police Department, Rothe said.

The other two subjects were also located and interviewed. Those suspects have not been placed under arrest, as the investigation is ongoing, Rothe said.

He said he believes the thefts occurred from vehicles parked on the western end of Bad Axe, from about W. South Street to the school.

The Bad Axe Police Department is asking that if citizens discover items missing from their vehicles, that they call the department at 989-269-9242.

The department also reminded residents that all valuables should be taken out of vehicles when they are parked and the doors of the vehicles should be locked.

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