April 10, 2001 (HAMTRAMCK, Mich.) – Police officers in a Detroit-area department decided that the least they could do for a robbery victim was to replace her television set, which was destroyed when the suspected thieves tossed it from a van during a chase.
Police Officer Wally Tripp, vice president of the union that represents the Hamtramck department, organized a collection with officers kicking in $5 each. That was enough to buy Donna Myers a 20-inch set at a local store that supplied the television at wholesale cost.
Three men have been charged with breaking into Myers’ home in Hamtrack, a gritty industrial town, and loading her furniture, electronic equipment and even her kids’ PlayStation into their van. Officers responding to a call of a burglary in progress gave chase, and the van took off towards Detroit as the occupants threw out pieces of furniture.
The suspects jumped out of the van themselves just before it crashed into a tree and exploded. They face charges of home invasion.