July 16, 2009

Ex-Detroit police chief a crime victim

Former Detroit Police Chief James Barren's house was hit by burglars on the day he ended his 31-year career with the department, police said.

Barren, forced out by Mayor Dave Bing, told the Detroit Free Press the burglars took a television, camcorder, computer and jewelry.

They got me pretty good, he said.

The burglary occurred July 9 while Barren was at work. He said during his years in Detroit he has had cars stolen and one previous burglary many years ago, the Free Press reported.

This is part of living in the big city, he said. It goes with the territory.