Police: 'Career burglar' charged in downtown thefts

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
David Reese

Farmington — Police in Farmington have arrested a Detroit man they describe as a "career burglar" suspected in New Year's Day burglaries at a downtown restaurant and an ice cream shop.

Authorities arrested David Scott Reese, 55, of Detroit, in the city on Tuesday.

Reese's criminal history spans almost four decades, records show — mostly involving breaking-and-entering, with convictions ranging from the early 1980s to 2013. He has at least two convictions each in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. 

He was paroled in October 2017 and was slated to be released from supervision in October, according to Michigan's Offender Tracking Information System. 

The New Year's Day burglaries targeted downtown Farmington eateries Mi Mosa and the Brown Dog Creamery. Frank Demers, director of public safety for Farmington, says Reese allegedly stole from the cash registers of both establishments, making off with less than $1,000 between the two. 

"Perhaps he thought, it's downtown Farmington, it's an easy target," Demers said. "This guy didn't do his scouting very well."

In 2018, Farmington had just two burglaries: one home invasion and one commercial burglary.

"That's our lowest, ever, in the history of the department," Demers said. "It's pretty upsetting that in a matter of hours, we started 2019 with two."

Demers said police worked with parole agents to secure the arrest.

"It was clear he was avoiding police," Demers said.

The Michigan Department of Corrections told The News that Reese last met with his parole agent on Dec. 17, two weeks before the burglaries, and failed to report or call in on Jan. 7. His parole agent called him and went to his home, but he wasn't there. He was arrested the next day.

The Oakland County Prosecutor's Office has charged Reese with two counts of burglary. Reese is expected to be arraigned soon.