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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 09/11/13
Ray Twp residents come
home to home invasion
by CHRIS GRAYLaw enforcement agents are warning rural residents to keep an eye on their neighbor's properties following a home invasion in Ray Township.
Observer Staff Writer
Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said around 6:23 p.m. on Aug. 30, residents on Cocco Court, located between Hayes and Romeo Plank off of 27 Mile Road, returned home after having dinner. When they opened the garage door they were greeted with alarming sounds.
"They heard somebody say `they're home,' and other noises in the home," Shaw said.
The homeowners backed out and called 911. Troopers arrived after the suspects fled and processed the scene, deducing that they used a screwdriver to cut the screen of a sliding back door to unlock it and threw a rock into the door to gain entry.
Shaw said the screwdriver has been sent to the crime labs to be tested for fingerprints. Troopers are awaiting a list from the homeowners indicating anything that may have been stolen.
Shaw said one of the best ways to prevent break-ins in rural neighborhoods is for residents to remain watchful of their neighbor's property and report anything that seems out of order.
"If you see something suspicious don't be afraid to call 911," he said. "We'd rather be there and find out nothing is happening than not be called and then you find out someone had their home broken into."