IDA TOWNSHIP (WWJ) – Police say a man who was caught red-handed burglarizing a Macomb County home in broad daylight was swiftly taken into custody after running away from the scene.
The situation unfolded around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday at a residence in the 6800 block of Secor Road, in a rural area just east of US-23 in Ida Township.
According to police, the homeowner and her daughter arrived home to find a red Pontiac Grand Am with an Ohio license plate parked in their driveway. Upon further inspection, the homeowner observed a white male emerge from the home, carrying property stolen from inside.
Police say the homeowner confronted the suspect in the driveway and after a brief conversation, the suspect attempted to flee in the red Grand Am. The suspect attempted to drive around the homeowner’s vehicle, but in the process became stuck in the snow. He then fled on foot through a set of woods to the south.
The homeowner called 911 and operators broadcast the suspect’s description to Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies and Michigan State Police troopers, who set up a perimeter in the area.
Within 30 minutes and less than a mile away, the suspect was apprehended by a state police K-9 unit. Police say stolen property from the home was recovered on the suspect.
The case remains under investigation. Police believe the suspect, a 26-year-old Toledo man, might be responsible for other home invasions in the area. Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 734-240-7700.
The suspect, whose name was not released, is currently lodged at the Monroe County Jail on home invasion charges.