By Charles Sercombe
There’s a crime spree happening on Hamtramck’s streets.
Based on daily police reports, over a dozen street robberies have occurred in the past few weeks.
According to Police Chief Max Garbarino, it appears to be one crew of criminals targeting the city.
The most recent robberies happened on Monday evening when a man walking in the Belmont and Brombach area noticed a red Pontiac pull up and two black males carrying a shotgun and a handgun exited the car.
The suspects confronted the man and took his coat, containing a cell phone and his house key.
About an hour later, four black males approached two people at the ATM machine at PNC bank. One of the suspects had a shotgun. They robbed the pair of $500.
The suspects are described as being about 6 feet tall and in their 20s.
Garbarino said he is working with Detroit police because the suspects have been robbing people just outside Hamtramck.
He said investigators are “in tune with what we are looking for.”
Garbarino also said he has more police reserves patrolling the city. Anyone with information about the suspects or who witnesses a suspicious situation can call 911.
Editor’s Note: After we went to press Thursday, police received another report of an armed robbery in front of the PNC ATM machine at about 6:20 p.m. According to a Commor St. man, a silver minivan pulled up in the alley next to the ATM and two black males, both about 6-foot tall, attacked him with a “club” – a steering wheel locking device.
The suspects took $360 from the man, got back in the vehicle and fled northbound on Jos. Campau.