Warren police: Serial burglar rode bike to break-in sites
Warren — You could call him the Bicycling Bandit.
Police arrested a man early Wednesday morning, saying they believe he is a serial burglar who used a bicycle to travel to and from at least 14 businesses where break-ins have occurred since Christmas Eve.
The 52-year-old man is in custody and expected to face numerous charges on Thursday, according to Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer, who said the break-ins were reported in the 12 Mile and Ryan section of town.
“He is a career criminal and all of these break-ins occurred within a bicycle ride from his home,” said Dwyer. “And that is how he was getting to and from the break-ins, on his bike. He doesn’t own a car.”
In the most recent incident, around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, police received a call from the owner of the Mobil gas station at 3903 Ryan Road, Dwyer said.
“The station was closed but the owner was remotely monitoring a security camera and believed the suspect was staking out his business,” the commissioner said.
Dwyer said a patrol officer drove to the gas station and found the bottom half of a glass door broken out. The suspect was arrested inside the building.
“This break-in and others in the 12 Mile-Ryan area are all similar: done in the early morning hours when they are closed; the bottom of a glass door broken and the suspect apparently crawls around or stays low inside the buildings, stealing cash, candy and cigarettes.”
Dwyer said police followed bicycle tracks in the snow to a home in the 28000 block of Loretta. Numerous items believed to have been stolen in the break-ins were recovered in the home.
Other break-ins police believe the suspect is responsible for include:
- 12/24/18: Dollar Tree store, 5490 12 Mile
- 12/26/18: Marathon gas, 4401 12 Mile
- 1/2/19: Nicks Auto, 5505 E. 12 Mile
- 1/2/19: Marathon, 3909 12 Mile
- 1/11/19: Oak Ridge Market, 26700 Ryan
- 1/15/19: Oak Ridge Market, 26700 Ryan
- 1/28/19: Oak Ridge Market, 26700 Ryan
- 2/1/19: Mobil gas, 3909 12 Mile
- 2/1/19: Marathon, 4001 12 Mile
- 2/16/19: Marathon, 31555 Mound
- 2/18/19: Dollar Tree, 5490 12 Mile
- 2/26/19: Marathon, 31555 Mound
- 2/28/19: Marathon, 31555 Mound
The suspect has convictions for drug violations, retail fraud, burglary, possession of stolen property and prison escape. He was released from prison in February 2017 after serving time for a burglary conviction and his probation ended in August 2018, according to state records.