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Break-ins, sex assaults in Dearborn, several other cities could be related

Incidents 'believed to be related and date back a number of years,' Dearborn police say

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DEARBORN, Mich. – Dearborn police think a string of home break-ins and sexual assaults in its city and several other surrounding ones could be related.

A suspected serial rapist could be at large. In a statement Friday, the department said the incidents were "believed to be related and date back a number of years."

Other cities involved in the investigation are Allen Park, Dearborn Heights, Inkster, Redford and Garden City.

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Police don't have a detailed description of the intruder.

Police said the break-ins have all happened during the early morning hours, and the person entered through unlocked ground floor entryways -- such as a window.

"Our citizens must remain vigilant in securing their homes paying particular attention to first floor entry access points to include windows, doors and door walls. I strongly encourage citizens to immediately report suspicious activity to the police to allow us the opportunity to identify potential suspects," Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said.

Dearborn police suspicious activity line: 313- 943-3030

Dearborn police tip line: 313-943-3012