Police Pursue home invasion suspects
Local police may have a break in a pair of home invasion cases that occurred last week in southern Frankenmuth Township and northern Birch Run Township.
Don Mawer, the Frankenmuth Police Department chief, said his officers received an anonymous tip Monday night of a subject who may have committed home invasions in the 7000 block of West Tuscola Road and in the area of Dehmel and Busch roads.
“We have a tip and a name and we are following up on it today (Tuesday, January 20). We are looking at a person in Genesee County.”
Mawer said lots of pieces of evidence were left at the first home invasion site, including a breaking and entering tool.
The first home invasion call came in at 10:55am on Wednesday, January 14, on West Tuscola Road.
The case actually began five minutes earlier when the homeowner heard a knock at the front door. She went to the door only to see a white female walking away, entering a small, dirty red car.
At that time, she heard movement in the house, and saw a white male subject inside the house. When she yelled, he bolted out of the home. The suspect fled to the waiting red car and was last seen traveling westbound on West Tuscola Road.
The homeowner was not harmed; however, she reported numerous pieces of jewelry were missing. Officers searched the surrounding area but did not locate the vehicle or suspects.
That case remains under investigation by the FPD.
Around 11am Friday, January 16, the Frankenmuth Police were called to assist the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department at Dehmel and Busch roads for a similar case.
The homeowner was home when she observed an older model white van in her driveway. A moment later, she heard someone attempting to break down her back door. She yelled and scared off the man, who fled to the van and it sped off southbound on Dehmel Road.
“We believe they were the same two people using a different vehicle,” Mawer said.
The homeowner was able to snap a quick photo of the van as it sped away.
The white female is described at about 5-foot-5, between 30-40 years old, slim build and brown hair. The only description of the male is that he is white.
The van, believed to be a Montana or Uplander, has a gray border at the bottom. Officers throughout mid-Michigan have been stopping white vans matching the description, including a traffic stop Monday afternoon on Junction Road, near Weiss Road.
The police are looking for help. Contact Frankenmuth Detective Randy Flathau at 989-652-3430, extension 161, call the general FPD office number, 652-8371, or visit the website www.frankenmuthcity.com and follow the links to the police to report anonymous tips.