Redford man charged in stealing large TVs in burglaries

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Westland — A Redford man was charged Friday in connection with a breaking and entering spree involving four incidents over three months, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Rodney Vansean Thomas, 40, is charged with three counts of breaking and entering and one count of attempted breaking and entering, said Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office.

He is expected to be arraigned Friday in Westland’s 18th District Court.

Thomas is accused of breaking into a Westland apartment at 1 p.m. June 24 on the 34500 block of Westland. He allegedly stole a large television set from the community room.

On July 20, Thomas allegedly broke into another Westland apartment at 3:49 p.m. on the 7600 block of Nankin, where he stole a 60-foot flat screen television, Miller said.

Ten days later, Thomas allegedly broke into a third Westland apartment at 10:30 a.m. July 30 on the 29400 block of Annapolis. He is accused of taking a television from that location as well.

The last incident at 1:15 a.m. Aug. 8 occurred at a Canton Township assisted living center on the 42000 block Cherry Hill, Miller said. Thomas allegedly attempted to break into the center but was unable to gain entry.

Some of the incidents were caught on camera, Miller said. Thomas was arrested following an investigation by the Westland and Canton police departments, with help from a local news station and tips.

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