Police believe robbery crew is targeting the city



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.

4 Responses to Police believe robbery crew is targeting the city

  1. Kay Alexander

    January 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I was followed from bank ATM on Jos.Campau. Suspects followed me for over ten miles northbound, out of the city. They actually hit my car to try and make me stop. Arrests were made in Warren. Be alert folks…be VERY alert of what’s happening, and who is, around you!

  2. e.bakic

    January 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I was robbed today ..4;40 pm monday..at same place…be cerefulll people

  3. Michalm

    January 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Theres a few things that happened that werent even reported. My mother was parking in front of the house when she noticed a tall black man with a hood over his face and a tan jacket watching her. She immediately checked if the doors were locked and called my father who was inside the house so that he can escort her in. As soon as my father opened the door, the man quickly walked away.
    Watch your surroundings before exiting a car or walking along the streets.

    An older lady was walking down our street the very next day where a red car pulled up and a male and female beat the older woman down stealing her purse and driving away.

    Hamtramck is no more dangerous than any other city but lately it does seem like the streets of Hamtramck are targeted.

  4. sr

    January 25, 2013 at 12:25 am

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