Macomb County police investigate rash of car wash break-ins
Authorities in Macomb County are on the hunt for suspects in a series of car wash break-ins in four municipalities.
Officials say someone entered a total of 10 car washes overnight in Warren, Clinton Township, Fraser and Roseville between March 19 and March 20 and stole cash and gift cards.
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts called the crimes a “smash and grab operation,” saying the thieves broke into each business while it was closed and went through the cash registers.
“We strongly suspect that it’s probably drug addicts and probably heroin addicts,” he said. “Because there’s not much money in breaking into a car wash.”
The Warren car washes targeted were Sparkle Clean Car Wash, 12495 E. Eight Mile; Ryan Road Car Wash, 29760 Ryan; Super Car Wash Systems, 32150 Dequindre; and Super Car Wash, 13665 12 Mile.
Roseville Deputy Police Chief Don Glandon said authorities believe at least two suspects broke into a rear garage door at Mr. Adams Car Wash, 28900 Groesbeck, and then broke a window to enter Master Car Wash, 29047 Gratiot.
Police were able to use surveillance video at one of the car washes to see two dark figures moving around the business.
Glandon said there is a high probability the break-ins in all four communities are connected.
He said it is unclear why the suspects would choose to burglarize car washes.
“Other than you have an individual who doesn’t respect the property and valuables of others,” Glandon said.