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5 men wanted in connection with 25 smash-and-grab robberies throughout Detroit

Several businesses targeted by thieves who smash through walls to get inside

Five men are wanted in connection with smash-and-grab robberies across Detroit [TOP: Markel Allen (left), Decharles West (center), Ivan Austin (right) BOTTOM: Tamas Cummings (left), Deshawn Perry (right)]. (WDIV)
Five men are wanted in connection with smash-and-grab robberies across Detroit [TOP: Markel Allen (left), Decharles West (center), Ivan Austin (right) BOTTOM: Tamas Cummings (left), Deshawn Perry (right)]. (WDIV)

DETROIT – Detroit police are searching for five men in connection with 25 smash-and-grab robberies through the city, authorities announced.

Since Jan. 12, police said five men have broken into Detroit stores 25 times.

Markel Xavier Allen, Decharles West, Ivan Dayshared Austin, Tamas Cummings and Deshawn Marquan Perry are wanted in connection with the smash-and-grabs.

Allen, 19, is 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

West, 19, is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Austin, 19, is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 170 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Cumings, 17, is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Perry, 19, is 5 feet 8 inches tall. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who recognizes the men or has any information about the crimes or their whereabouts is asked to call Detroit Police Department Crime Intel at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

Liquor store owners fed up with smash-and-grab incidents

Detroit liquor store owners said their pleas for protection are falling on deaf ears, and a string of robberies won't stop.

Most of the robberies follow the same pattern: Thieves slam through the wall with a truck and help themselves to everything inside. It's a disturbing trend for business owners and police officers, and now, the question is whether it's the same crew, or the new norm for store break-ins.

There have been five crash-and-grabs in Detroit over the past three weeks, and there's no sign they will let up. The fifth incident happened Monday morning on Gratiot Avenue.

"They walk in, take the stuff," store owner Husam Zay said. "They're not scared of police."

Zay said three men were methodical when they used a trash bin to load up alcohol and anything else they could grab from the store. When they were done, one man drove the pickup truck while the others walked away from the scene, one with two cases of booze.

"He walks away with two cases," Zay said. "He's not scared."

It was a far cry from last week's crime scenes, when three-man crews frantically stuffed liquor in their pants and scooped alcohol off of shelves only to see most of it end up on the floor.

"They did it at five to six stores, and nobody catches them," Zay said. "Especially, it happened in Detroit only."

Business owners aren't waiting around for the trend to get worse. When a liquor store got hit on East 8 Mile Road in March, the store was rebuilt with concrete barriers out front.

"The police detectives didn't do anything," Zay said.

Storefronts seem to double as last straws for frustrated owners who claim police only show up when they've done something wrong.

"All the good things the police and the mayor are good for is for them to send decoys for me to get a ticket for selling tobacco or alcohol to the minors," Zay said.


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