Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 25, 2012

'Person of interest' in string of break-ins


— FRANKFORT -- Frankfort police are eying a “person of interest” in a recent string of vehicle break-ins.

Thieves entered several unlocked vehicles and made off with cash and valuables they hope to peddle quickly, authorities said.

“They seem to be looking for money,” Frankfort Police Chief Keith Redder said. “If they don’t find money, they leave the car alone, though some items have been stolen.”

Thefts seem to be clustered around city residential alleys and happen overnight or early mornings. Some break-ins occurred in church and school parking lots.

“We’re investigating it and we have an idea of who it might be,” Redder said. “An incident occurred at the school on Monday and the custodian and the principal saw someone in the area.”

At least eight such thefts have been reported, many of those came on 9th Street, where some residents leave their cars unlocked.

“I usually don’t lock it at home,” said victim Kerry Babion, who lives on 9th Street and recently had her wallet taken. “I had a small satchel and my wallet and I had forgotten I left it in my car.”