Car thieves let go because Detroit police wouldn’t pick them up

Dearborn police said they had no choice but to release two car thieves with outstanding arrest warrants because Detroit cops refused to pick them up.

The suspects were driving a stolen Caravan and were trying to steal a 2000 Dodge Intrepid, prying off the ignition switch, Dearborn police told Motor City Muckraker this morning.

Police arrested the men last week when they crossed into Dearborn with the Caravan, which was stolen in Detroit on Oct. 24.

But there was little police could do when DPD wouldn’t pick up the suspects, who were found with break-in tools.

Dearborn police said they’ve seized the Caravan to get fingerprints to determine whether suspects were involved in other crimes in the Detroit suburb.

We are awaiting a response from DPD.

Steve Neavling

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.

  • Blake D

    They could have taken them to the Wayne County jail. A title is a little over dramatic. The precinct that would pick up these guys from Dearborn are about 50 to 100 runs in the hole. Could you imagine an emergency run bypassed for a non emergency. People need to look at the whole picture besides giving partial stories to have an audience

  • Ryan Healy

    This is very depressing. Things can’t turn around soon enough.

  • StretchRun

    I was with a customs manager one day. He got a call from an agent about finding a bag of pot on someone entering the country. He asked if he should call Detroit Police. The manager told him not to bother because the cops wouldn’t come anyway.

    (Man that is some ugly foot nail fungus in that ad. I just ate.)

  • bebow

    We’re spending too much money on the DPD to be receiving so little.