Repeat burglar at American Legion post is former vet, member

A burglar is at large after getting caught on camera stealing from the Riverview American Legion Post.

The homeless man is a former veteran and member who recently got out of jail for hitting the same place a few months ago.

As a result, there are wanted posters of John David Shook at American Legion Post 389.

An active warrant has been issued for probation violation for Shook who goes by the name Moe.  He was convicted of breaking into the same American Legion location in January.

"That's why they say the expression, 'thief in the night,'" said Ron Champagne, one of the post members. "He's perfected it."

He was caught on the post's security camera trying to pry open the post's metal door in another attempted break-in.

Shook once performed with a guitar at the post. He has also been a handyman for other members and done work at the location.

"As a matter of fact, he's been to my house a few times," said Larry Bohr, an American Legion post member. "He pretty much built a garage for somebody. He's mowed our lawn. He's put up fences and is a pretty good guitar player and a singer."

"He's done fences, he's done electrical work," Champagne said. "And the last work he was doing was a couple doggie doors." 

He also did another job during the winter. He was convicted in January of breaking into the legion post. he served three months and was given six months probation.

"He broke in and stole the kids' Christmas fund," Bohr said. "He did break in and stole the kids' Christmas fund, broke in and took about $550. The police tracked him on his bicycle and caught him with that exact amount of money in his pocket."

After getting released, he was named in a warrant for a home invasion in Wyandotte. The American Legion Post said Shook returned late at night on Mother's Day trying to break in and they showed the video to police who are trying to find him. 

It's a challenge for police because he has no home address. 

"He got to know all these folks here who wanted to help him, because he was down on his luck," said Champagne. "When the odd jobs dried up, he helped himself."

If you see him, contact Riverview police at (734) 281-4222.
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