Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.) seems to be taking the recent burglary of his downtown Detroit office in stride.
"I've had my personal residence broken into when I used to live over on the east side," Clarke, who was born and raised in Detroit, told The Huffington Post. "I just don't want to discourage other businesses from locating in Detroit. We're going to identify who these people are and then bring them to justice."
Two men broke into his office at 400 Monroe St. around 5:50 p.m. last Wednesday, according to police. Clarke said the burglars rifled through files and took thousands of dollars in equipment, including laptops, camcorders and a Blackberry phone, from the office. He also said the men ransacked the office of his district director, but didn't touch a wallet and checkbook that had been left there. Congressional staffers discovered the break-in Thursday morning after noticing that a door was ajar and its lock had apparently been jimmied.
Clarke said his office, which shares a building with Fishbone's restaurant and several offices and retail shops in the city's Greektown district, appears to be the only one burglarized that evening. He isn't ruling out a politically motivated break-in. Last week he told the Hill that no sensitive congressional information seemed to have been stolen.
Images from the incident were caught on surveillance video. Clarke believes the video images are clear enough for police to identify the two individuals responsible for the break-in. Noting that the two burglars seemed to be African Americans, he also reflected on the social circumstances that can contribute to this sort of criminal activity.
"It appears the suspects may be young black men," he said, "and that just underscores why we've got to do everything we can to help save our young black men starting with literacy, and mentoring and supporting them so they can graduate from school -- as opposed to what's happening right now [where] many of our young men just drop out of school and end up going to prison directly."
The Hill reports that U.S. Capitol Police are working with Detroit's police department to investigate the burglary.
Congressman Clarke ran for re-election this past year in a newly redrawn district, but lost in the primary to fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters.
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Someone Stole Kanye's Cheese?
Nah, but kudos to this person for not caring about the theft, and for leaving this hilarious note. (Via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/princesscarissa/3966210561/" target="_hplink">Carissa Marie's Flickr</a>)
Oh, And Also...
H&R Block better watch out for thieves. And on second thought, THIS crazy guy too. (Via <a href="http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/2010/03/22/now-if-youll-excuse-me-ive-got-call-of-duty-on-pause/" target="_hplink">Passive Aggressive Notes</a>)
It's only a bike! Is it really worth the death threat? Let alone, not sleeping for the rest of your life. (Via <a href="http://9gag.com/gag/20684/" target="_hplink">9Gag</a>)
You Stole Her Summer!
That's pretty awful. If it had been our nice patio furnishings that had been stolen, we can't say our note would be this nice. Probably it'd be more like Mike's! (Via <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/todd/who-stole-the-patio-lrb" target="_hplink">Buzzfeed</a>)
No Free Slurpees
We didn't even know that flavor existed! (Via <a href="http://noyoushutup.tumblr.com/post/803734257#note-container" target="_hplink">No You Shut Up</a>)
Don't Mess With A Man's Ocarina
This poor, Zelda-loving guy. He can get a new registration and music, but that Ocarina was a gift! (Via <a href="http://www.geekologie.com/2009/11/please_stop_breaking_into_my_c.php" target="_hplink">Geekologie</a>)
She Doesn't Even Want It Back
That bike looks cool! If it were ours we'd want it back, but damning the thief to hell via "Monster Truck" is also pretty awesome. (Via <a href="http://dailydesigndiscoveries.com/post/168384023/funny-missing-bike-poster-but-i-hope-the-thief" target="_hplink">Daily Design Discoveries</a>)
Not A Fan Of "The Bicycle Thief"
Maybe if the thief is a film student he'll feel bad and return the bike. But probably not. (Via <a href="http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/2009/05/11/ladri-di-biciclette/" target="_hplink">Passive Aggressive Notes</a>)
We totally get why this person is upset, but why was the underwear on the roof? Seems like an odd place to put your undergarments, especially if they have, ahem, "residents." (Via <a href="http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/2009/01/14/panty-raid/" target="_hplink">Passive Aggressive Notes</a>)
Who Steals From A Baby?
...Much less an "Infant baby." While the note-writer was a little redundant, the crime is pretty dispicable. (Via <a href="stuytownluxliving.com" target="_hplink">stuytownluxliving.com</a>)
First, we love the fact that the thief potentially got strep throat. Second, we love how the note-writer took the time to wish the thief a happy holidays at the end, that way the perpetrator gets bad karma AND guilt. (Via <a href="http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/2007/12/05/its-not-funny-its-my-sandwich/" target="_hplink">Passive Aggressive Notes</a>)
Liam Neeson's Yogurt Was Taken
Thanks Liam! (Not Liam Neeson. That would be all too perfect and we know he's not actually sending us emails. At least we think he's not.)