Police see spike in home, car invasions over weekend - WNEM TV 5

Police see spike in home, car invasions over weekend

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Police are investigating a rash of break-ins to home and vehicles in one Mid-Michigan community.

The crimes happened in Saginaw Township over the weekend.

"It looks like our cars got rifled through last night," said Rich Garpiel, resident.

He said he woke to discover three of his cars broken into.

"I'm not real happy. I like to find out who did it. I know kids kind of usually do this kind of thing and it usually catches up with them," Garpiel said.

He said he hopes they find who is responsible.

Garpiel was not the only victim. Saginaw Township Police Chief Don Pussehl said there was an alarming number of break-ins this weekend.

"It was unusual. We usually don't have that many break-ins in one weekend," Pussehl said.

The suspect or suspects broke into three homes and 16 cars over the weekend.

Pussehl is telling residents to be on high alert.

"They're finding cars that are unlocked. Please, please lock your cars. Take your valuables out of your cars, usually that will deter these thieves," Pussehl said.

He said this time of year is when they see an uptick in home and car invasions.

"This time of year people are on vacation. We encourage homeowners to secure their homes well. Maybe install motion detector lights or just get to know your neighbor," Pussehl said.

Garpiel said even though the thieves didn't get away with much, he'll be taking extra measures to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"I'm going to keep a closer eye on the outside," he said.

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