Thieves smash van into Detroit shop, steal merchandise

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — A small business owner said he wants to rebuild after thieves crashed a van into his store early Monday and took tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise.

Owner Keith Owens said he estimates the thieves took approximately $30,000 in cash, jeans, polo shirts, purses, game systems, televisions, shoes and other accessories.

A blue 2001 Plymouth Voyager crashed into the My Place Fashion shop around 3:30 a.m. on the 13500 block of Greenfield near Schoolcraft, police Sgt. Michael Woody said.

“We don’t know exactly how many (suspects) there were,” Woody said. “There is unfortunately no description at this time and we are looking in the area for any video or anything that would be helpful.”

Owner Keith Owens said he estimates the thieves took approximately $30,000 in cash, jeans, polo shirts, purses, game systems, televisions, shoes and other accessories.

There also is about $15,000 worth of damage to the store and remaining merchandise, including shattered glass throughout the business, he said.

A blue 2001 Plymouth Voyager crashed into the My Place Fashion shop around 3:30 a.m. Monday on the 13500 block of Greenfield near Schoolcraft.

It appears at least one person in the van was injured during the crash, Owens said.

“The van was tipped over and there was blood in the van,” he said. “They smashed in the front glass, the dressing room door is ripped off. One of the officers cut themselves coming in and moving debris out of the way.”

Owens said he expects to be closed for about a week for repairs but then plans to reopen his store.

“Thank God I got insurance,” he said. “I plan on staying and rebuilding. I’m not going to let this tear me down.”

The business owner said he first began selling products at various flea markets before opening My Place Fashion about five months ago as his first storefront.

“I’m not scared of my own people,” Owens said of the Monday morning smash-and-grab. “It’s just unfortunate that you have people that would do this to their own.”

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