Tips sought in Salvation Army break-ins

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Salvation Army officials in Metro Detroit are on alert after a rash of break-ins reported at area stores in the last month.

Four locations — Lincoln Park, Southgate, Taylor and Ann Arbor — were robbed after hours between Dec. 23 and Wednesday, said Jacqulynn Idzior, director of operations for the Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center.

“Each incident occurred between our closing time and 7 a.m. the next day when staff arrived to reopen the store,” she said in a statement Friday. “There was no one in the building when any of these robberies occurred. ... We are cooperating fully with law enforcement, and hope to resolve each incident quickly.”

The Salvation Army said the thieves broke through the windows, destroyed all the computers, broke the office doors, knocked over the jewelry cases and stole cash. Including the stolen cash and damage to stores, The Salvation Army estimates there is about $20,000 worth of damage.

Idzior said the proceeds from Salvation Army’s 35 Metro Detroit thrift stores benefit the rehabilitation center.

“Hundreds of men and women looking to rebuild their lives are enrolled in our rehab program each year, and these robberies directly impact our ability to fund the program and help people turn their lives around,” she said.

Officials are asking anyone with information on the incident to call Lincoln Park police at (313) 381-1800; Southgate police at (734) 258-3060; Taylor police at (734) 287-6611; or Ann Arbor police at (734) 794-6939.