Macomb Exec Hackel's gun stolen from vehicle

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
File: Mark Hackel speaks at the 2017 State of the County address.

A personal Glock pistol owned by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel was stolen over Memorial Day weekend from the executive's county vehicle, which was parked at his Macomb Township home.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the theft took place about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, at Hackel's home off 25 Mile and Romeo Plank.

The handgun is personally owned, not county-issued, Wickersham said, and the theft came on a weekend during which several vehicles in the neighborhood were "rummaged through." 

No arrests have yet been made, but the belief is that this was a general burglary, due to the number of vehicles that were victimized, and that the burglaries went beyond the vehicles parked at Hackel's home.

Hackel said he had returned home from the gym when a neighbor informed him a number of vehicles had been broken into in the area.

He said he immediately checked his home's security cameras.

"I checked the cameras and saw someone walking up and breaking into my car," Hackel said. "I noticed he had some sort of remote gadget and did something by the door, opens it and gets in."

Hackel said he estimates the man was in the car for about seven minutes.

The thief quietly closed the car's door and proceeded to the vehicle Hackel's wife drives. He said the thief took some money and loose change from his wife's vehicle. 

The county executive and former Macomb County Sheriff said he then went to his vehicle to see if it was damaged or if anything was taken.

"He took my gun out of my car and he took some loose change and a couple of gift cards," Hackel said.

He said the gun was in the car's center console and he rarely leaves it in the vehicle. 

It's difficult to identify the thief through the security footage because it didn't capture a good image of his face, Hackel said. He said the man had a thin build and was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, athletic pants and Nike athletic shoes.

Hackel said it's the first time he's been the victim of such a crime.

"I was always sensitive to a crime victim's feelings, but now I know how they felt firsthand," he said. "But why should I be any different than anyone else? These things happen."

Staff writer Charles E. Ramirez contributed.