Thousands in landscaping equipment stolen in string of break-ins in Wyandotte, other cities

The police are on the trail of some serial thieves in Wyandotte and Downriver.

“These criminals are extremely brave,” said deputy chief Archie Hamilton.

Landscaping thief sets off to hit thousands of shops downstream

And the police don’t believe that only expensive lawn equipment was stolen.

Not in this town – that’s the message from Wyandotte police after thousands of dollars of equipment were stolen from local companies.

The police believe that there could be several suspects in the break-ins. This was captured on a surveillance video leaving Sutters Landscaping at 2 a.m. on July 16.

“Lots of equipment (stolen), chainsaws, weed whips, blowers,” said Scott Whelan, crew leader, Sutters Landscaping

“In the yard he breaks into some trailers and steals very expensive lawn equipment,” said Hamilton.

But Sutters wasn’t the only company that was affected. Shortly before midnight, the criminals struck again – not only from companies, but also from contractors.

“In another part of the city they broke into several courtyards and stole other equipment,” said Hamilton. “They actually stole more than $ 10,000 in equipment in 24 hours.”

And the police don’t believe that only expensive lawn equipment was stolen.

“We are very sure that the truck was stolen,” said Hamilton. “We believe that at this point the truck will be unloaded and they will no longer drive it.”

Police have reason to believe the crime has spread from Wyandotte

“We believe (the suspects) have committed other break-ins in other cities and other jurisdictions,” said Hamilton. “We have contacted these jurisdictions but are currently in the fact-finding phase.”

Suters is looking for answers too, and his owner offers a $ 1,000 reward that leads to an arrest.

Police continue to review surveillance videos but are seeking help from the public.

“We ask the public if they have any information about this crime, any information about the suspect, the people he works with, or the equipment to go with it?” said Hamilton.

“You better hope the police find you before our boss does,” Whelan said. “Because he’s looking for you and he’s not happy.”

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