Lansing Police Investigating Series of Broken Windows

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

For Jennifer Brooks, the last straw came Friday evening, when she got a call from her boyfriend while out running errands.

"He just said, 'I'm sorry to tell you, but something just came through your window again," she said.

A brick had been thrown at her living room window, shattering it. It was the fourth time her home on maple street had been attacked in less than a year.

"It is really scary and especially because rocks are scary enough, but then to escalate it to a large brick," said Brooks.

Brooks says it all started last spring, when three rocks broke her window over several weeks. After several months, it happened again Friday.

Fearing for her family's safety, Brooks called Lansing Police each time, always getting the same response.

"Basically, what I've been told is without any proof or eyewitnesses, there's not a whole lot they can do," she said.

Frustrated, Brooks called News 10. We contacted Lansing Police and found out she wasn't alone in her situation.

Capt. Mike Yankowski says since December 1st, there have been 16 similar incidents within a half-mile radius of the Brooks family's home.

Yankowski also contacted Brooks, informing her Lansing Police would step up patrols in the area.

At 7:30 p.m., Monday, A Lansing Police problem-solving team caught six boys, aged 12 to 15, while they were smashing a window on nearby Killborn.

They are currently investigating the boys to determine their involvement in the crimes. According to Yankowski, the department has identified several suspects through its investigation.

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  • by Tabitha Location: Lansing on Feb 23, 2013 at 05:40 PM
    My house has been 2 broken windows now because of people throwing rocks at it. I called the police and they just took down the report. This is after noticing 2 other houses on my street, unfortunately or perhaps fortunately, that are vacant having windows broken. Then one night I heard a loud noise of something hitting a window and went outside to see 2 younger boys and 2 younger girls running into the park. I fully intend on calling the police again and giving them the information I know seeing as how they are actually FINALLY doing something. Thank you WILX!
  • by Mark Location: Lansing on Feb 19, 2013 at 06:01 PM
    You have to press the police in this town a little harder when it comes to asking questions. Just by asking if other windows in the neighborhood had been broken would have said a lot. Communication is the key. Lansing police somethings don't have a clue on how to investigate something as simple as broken windows. Observation from other neighbors or out straight forward answers about the other windows broken in the area.
  • by Bill Location: Mason on Feb 19, 2013 at 01:10 PM
    Could be least the yahoos aren't shooting bullets at these houses cuz Mayor Virg bought all the guns up. Maybe we need to brick buyback program now. Get enough bricks then the city can build a new fire station.
  • by JoeyLoey Location: Lansing on Feb 19, 2013 at 08:54 AM
    That neighborhood is full of wellfare people and drug dealers. Nobody in that part of town has the money to install home security cameras, that can cost several hundred dolars to install. The parents of the kid's, most likely also do not have the money to pay for all the broken glass. The ones who are going to get stuck with the cost, are the property owners, who rent out those homes...
  • by Lee on Feb 19, 2013 at 05:34 AM
    LPD will take a look around, probably say "hmmm yep there are broken, but there is nothing we can do" That is what they always say. It should be the motto on the side of their cars. My window was broken and that is what they did. They said it was happening a lot and told me to call my insurance company.
  • by J. Location: Holt on Feb 19, 2013 at 05:32 AM
    We have had vandals hitting Holt since summer. They hit again during Winter Break, so you know it is high school students. Lucky for me, I have 2 camcorders - one of which is sitting in my bedroom window waiting to catch these brats.
  • by Eyeinthesky Location: Sky on Feb 19, 2013 at 03:34 AM
    Place camera's that record even in the dark and catch them on camera; then take to the police and submit it to the prosecutor.
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