AnnArbor.com draws much-needed attention to Ypsilanti change-stealing home invasion epidemic

If anyone is interested, I’m thinking about driving into Ann Arbor tonight, and stealing a mason jar full of pennies from someone’s home… It’s not so much that I need the money. I’m just curious to see how, if at all, AnnArbor.com would cover it.

Here’s how they covered the theft of a jar full of change in Ypsilanti today:

My sense is change jar theft is only newsworthy when it happens in the terrifyingly crime-ridden city of Ypsilanti, but I want to give their editorial staff the benefit of the doubt until I can confirm my suspicion by going deep into the heart of Ann Arbor, under the cover of darkness, and stealing a hefty handful of pocket change from someone’s porch.

Seriously, can someone explain to me why this is newsworthy? Generally speaking, I’m not inclined to waste too much time complaining about the coverage our community gets on AnnArbor.com, which I think we can all agree is weighted toward the negative, but, when I read things like this, it really makes me wonder if there’s any crime at all that could be committed in our community, regardless of how small, that wouldn’t get the “OH MY GOD, YPSI” treatment.

My guess, and I could be wrong, is that the same story, if it were to have happened in Ann Arbor, would have been found under the following headline… “Neighbor Borrows Change.”

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17 Comments

  1. Edward
    Posted March 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    Here’s information on how to nominate an article for a Pulitzer.

    http://www.pulitzer.org/administration

  2. anonymous
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    It’s not that they hate Ypsi, it’s that our police department is more transparent. We send out news releases and they’re easily reworked by A2.com and turned into articles that take no time, and no leg work.

  3. alan2102
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    A large box of Skittles[tm] was also stolen, and the suspect is being charged with Grand Larceny – Skittles[tm].

  4. Bob Krzewinski
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    Sent this in to AA.com… We’ll see if it ‘sticks”….

    As an Ypsi resident, I have a suggestion for another “rampant crime in Ypsi so don’t go there story” that actually happened to me!!!!! Yesterday I heard my dog bark a few times. Looked out the window and observed a crime suspect walking down the sidewalk. Due to the my dog barking, a breaking and entering was prevented. My dog is a hero!!!! But then he does bark a lot when he sees anyone outside the window.

  5. Posted March 10, 2013 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Deadline Detroit is likewise bewildered.

  6. Alan Stamm
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Seems penny-ante to me too. AA.com has nickle-and-dime coverage. Time for change.

  7. anon
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    speaking of crime in ann arbor, the article linked to below doesn’t mention the fact that “shockingly low inventory” has been manufactured by banks keeping vacant and foreclosed houses off the market, in order precisely to create the grounds for what this article describes:

    http://annarbor.com/business-review/shockingly-low-inventory-of-homes-for-sale-in-ann-arbor-as-market-heats-up/

  8. Rick Cronn
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    My change jar is where I go when I need a change.

  9. josh
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    The last week or two has been especially bad. One rewritten police report after another. A little strange since at least two of their writers live in Ypsi.

  10. Posted March 10, 2013 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    We can make this happen, Mark. I have one of those ducks on my porch (she has month appropriate outfits and is currently wearing a dress with shamrocks; DON’T JUDGE ME!) that you can rip off. Bonus is that her head sometimes falls off. I think it would be lovely to see you running, say, along the railroad tracks back towards Ypsi, clutching a headless duck wearing a shamrock dress. I will immediately call 911 and we’ll go from there.

  11. Posted March 10, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Alan Stamm, who posted a link to this article on Deadline Detroit, just wrote in to share the following.

    You may not be paranoid — about this, at least. Reader messages privately:

    “When I worked at the Ann Arbor News in 1980s, readers regularly complained that we paid more attention to crime in Ypsi than in AA. Probably some truth to it. Reporters who screwed up often found themselves sent to the Ypsi bureau.”

  12. Posted March 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    For the most part, I think it’s just that they post an article every time a notice comes out from the police department. I don’t think it’s malicious on their part. I just think it’s easy. Unfortunately, we don’t issue press releases every time something good happens… Maybe we should start.

  13. whatisisMI
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    The Blog you mention is the failed attempt to collect page views related to the failed dead tree incarnation of the same viewpoint held by a small, but politically-active folks in Ann Arbor: “thank god we aren’t living in: (name a neighboring city).”

    That driving force killed the real newspaper and it will kill the blog also. That blog has only laid off people, not hired staff.

    I wish them luck but unless they stop repeating the actions that killed their parent- they will accrue only what they should expect.

  14. Devon
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Uno mas…this one’s relatively fresh off the press:
    TV stolen from Ypsilanti residence Saturday
    http://annarbor.com/news/tv-stolen-from-ypsilanti-residence-saturday/

  15. josh
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    We need an Ypsilanti new site that only runs the Ann Arbor police blotter.

  16. Emma
    Posted March 11, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    How is a home invasion not newsworthy? Someone broke into this guy’s bedroom while he was sleeping. While the item stolen is apparently insignificant to you, it may not have been for the victim.

  17. Krista
    Posted March 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    I know how they would cover it…. “YPSILANTI MAN CAUGHT IN PREMEDITATED HOME INVASION” =)

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