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June 05, 2014
CITY OF GROSSE POINTE — A 16-year-old delinquent from Detroit failed last weekend in his quest to complete a felony.

Less than a month after being released by Wayne County juvenile authorities, he put on an orange hoodie, backwards baseball cap and rode a bicycle to the 900 block of Lincoln and tried to steal a car, according to accounts by a witness and police.

"(He said) that had been the only car he attempted to steal tonight within the City of Grosse Pointe," reported Officer Christopher Cotzias.

A witness reported him at 10:38 p.m. Friday, May 23, pedaling up and down Lincoln snooping into driveways.

"He spent several minutes by (a) vehicle and was observed riding his bike very quickly toward Mack while officers made their way into the area," the witness reportedly told Cotzias.

Sgt. Ron Wieczorek stopped him nearby on westbound Mack.

The boy had a rock in his hand and a slotted screwdriver in his pocket, police said, detaining him for possession of burglary tools.

More questioning took place at 1:40 a.m. at headquarters in the presence of his mother.

Meanwhile, Wieczorek and another officer stayed in the neighborhood checking for damaged vehicles. They found one on Lincoln. It had a broken window and ignition column.

"(The juvenile) stated he was looking to steal a car," Cotzias said. "He used a brick to break the driver-side window of the vehicle."

He failed to activate the ignition.

"(He) admitted he intended on stealing the vehicle to drive around a little while and was going to ditch the car somewhere in Detroit," Cotzias reported.

"(He) will be held on the charges in (the) Wayne County juvenile detention facility," said an officer.

County officials told police the boy had been released from custody April 24.

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