FPD investigates home invasion
Broad daylight home invasion cases have become more regular in mid-Michigan and the Frankenmuth area experienced one such case last week.
The Frankenmuth Police Department received a Saginaw County Central Dispatch 911 call around 12:15pm on Monday, February 1.
A resident living in the 6000 block of West Tuscola Road witnessed two white males with a blue Chrysler Pacifica parked at a home. The dwelling’s front door was open and the two men were loading the vehicle with property. By the time the call was made, the two suspects fled the scene, FPD Chief Don Mawer said.
“We responded to call and thoroughly searched the area for the vehicle in question. The vehicle was last seen heading northbound toward Junction Road,” Mawer said. “The homeowner was not at home at the time of the incident, having left the property around 10:30am.”
Officers processed the scene with their crime technician and did gather forensic evidence. The suspects gained entrance by forcing open the door.
Mawer said the method of operation has been the same as the other recent invasions. The subjects will knock on front doors and if the homeowner answers, they will say they are looking for directions to another location or money for gas. If no one is home, they head to the back door and force their way into the house.
“If it looks suspicious, call 911 right away. If the person truly needs assistance, we can help them. The faster we get the call, the faster the response will be and the better chance we’ll have contact with them,” Mawer said.
Zehnder’s Snowfest kept all 27 full and part-time officers busy this past weekend. Mawer said only a couple people were ejected from the warming tent for their behavior and they also assisted “on countless medical calls.”
All in all, for the amount of people in town, the chief felt the event went well.
“We were definitely stretched to the max,” Mawer said of his staff.
In other FPD news, officers were called to the 7800 block of East Curtis for a single-vehicle accident. The crash took place around 6:30am on Monday, February 1.
Mawer said a 58-year-old Birch Run Township man was eastbound on Curtis Road when he lost control of his vehicle, left the road on south side, struck a tree and was ejected out the passenger-side window of his 2003 Trailblazer.
The roads were ice-covered and slick that morning. MMR Ambulance Service transported him to a Saginaw-area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The accident remains under investigation.
Earlier that day, shortly before 1am, officers on patrol observed a vehicle on South Main Street, near Tuscola Street, parked half on the road and half on the sidewalk. The vehicle had struck a street light pole.
Further investigation led to the arrest of a 33-year-old Frankenmuth man for allegedly operating while impaired. He was lodged in the Saginaw County Jail and Reinert & Bender Auto Repair & Towing.
Sunday afternoon, January 31, officers in the area of South Main Street and River Street observed a subject stumbling around, being loud, belligerent and using profanity.
Officers approached the subject, a 33-year-old Montrose man, and asked him to settle down.
Five minutes later, the man was becoming verbally combative with the Snowfest crowd. This time, officers arrested him and lodged him in the Saginaw County Jail for disorderly conduct. Alcohol played a part in his behavior, Mawer said.
Friday morning, January 29, officers were called to a one-car crash on Reese Road, south of Curtis Road. A 17-year-old Saginaw man was passing by and called 911.
Mawer said a 16-year-old Vassar man was traveling south on Reese Road, lost control of his car, left the road on the west side, over-corrected the vehicle to the east side and rolled over the car several times.
The driver was transported by MMR Ambulance Service to a Saginaw-area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was cited for careless driving and his vehicle was towed from the scene by Reinert & Bender.
Midday on Thursday, January 28, officers were called to the Frankenmuth River Place for a shoplifter.
The store’s property agent detained the subject, a 28-year-old Grand Blanc woman. They recovered the goods she took from the store.
The female admitted to stealing the items. She was arrested and lodged in the Saginaw County Jail for retail fraud – third degree.