Warren man facing charges in connection to string of break-ins he allegedly committed while on his bike

Posted at 6:31 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 19:12:11-05

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — A Warren man police suspect of being responsible for up to 14 break-ins is behind bars.

Robert Blattert, 52, was charged on Thursday with breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny and possession of burglars tools.

Investigators arrested him just after midnight on Wednesday after a gas station owner, who was remotely monitoring his surveillance cameras, noticed someone had broken in.

Police went to the scene and took Blattert into custody. They say he had gotten there on his bike. Thanks to a fresh coat of snow, they followed the tracks to his house and that's where investigators say they found evidence connecting him to other break-ins.

Police believe he used that bike on his crime spree that started back in mid-December.

They say he'd used a pry bar or hammer to get inside businesses during the overnight hours to steal cartons of cigarettes, cash and candy.

Investigators say Blattert is a career criminal with a rap sheet that dates back to the 80s. He's expected to face more charges soon.