New Midtown grocer burglarized four times in first two months of business

The crime was almost too easy.

Smash one of the large storefront windows or door. Once the burglar alarm is triggered, you have an average of 20 minutes to grab merchandise and flee before the overstretched police department can arrive.

That was the case at the Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe, a gourmet grocer on Woodward in Midtown, police said. Since opening two months ago, thieves have busted in and helped themselves to merchandise on four different nights.

Then Wayne State University Police stepped in – and what a difference it made.

The fifth burglar was cornered by university police within a minute of smashing through the grocer’s window, said Lt. Dave Scott, a Wayne State police officer.

All it took – switching the burglar alarm’s contact to Wayne State University Police from Detroit Police.

Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe has the unique advantage of operating in Midtown, which is heavily patrolled by Wayne State University Police.

It’s one big reason Midtown is growing and the rest of the city is not.

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Steve Neavling is an investigative journalist and former city hall reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Living on the city’s east side, Neavling explores corruption, civil liberties and the underbelly of an oft-misunderstood city.    

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Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.