Metro Detroit cities hit with thefts from cars in the middle of the night

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 18:17:20-04

It has happened again and again and again, in Dearborn Heights, Dearborn and St. Clair Shores. 

One case in Dearborn Heights was captured on home surveillance video. 

Thieves are looking for unlocked doors and things easy to steal - money, computers, cell phones, CDs, headphones. 

Police urge people to lock their cars, even if they feel like they live in a safe neighborhood.

Mo Baydoun lives on Sims Street in Dearborn Heights.

After it happened to a relative who parked his car in front of the house, Mo posted it on Facebook and it went viral. 

Several neighbors said it happened to them. One then posted home surveillance video that shows a man checking the door of a pickup, then an SUV. Both doors are locked, so he moves on. 

A few doors down another SUV is unlocked. A gym bag and children’s items were stolen.

It can happen anywhere. 

It happened to this reporter. In St. Clair Shores on the other side of metro Detroit, I found my unlocked car in the driveway had been ransacked. Stuff from the center console was tossed into the seat. 

The only thing they took was a bag of coins kept for parking meters. A dime had been literally dropped in the driveway.

Dearborn Heights Police say this has been going on for two months.

They arrested 3 guys from Inkster. They went to jail, got out, continued to steal and were arrested a second time. 

It is not known if they are back in business a third time.

Police also say one person left their car unlocked with the keys in it. Yup, it was stolen.  No arrests have been made and the search is on for the car.