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Posted on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 10:22 a.m.

Ann Arbor dad sees 'silhouettes' of thieves as they flee in 1 of 2 neighborhood break-ins

By John Counts

A 33-year-old Ann Arbor man scared off two intruders when he got up in the middle of the night to take care of his child early Sunday morning.

The man told police he was awakened just before 2:23 a.m. by his child and then heard footsteps downstairs at his home in the 3100 block of Redland Court.

"He went downstairs and saw two silhouettes running from his home in the front yard," Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush stated in a crime summary.

Credit cards, cash, a wallet, a game console and a green Kate Spade purse were reported stolen.

A game console was reported in a second, separate home invasion in the same neighborhood Sunday.

Police were called to a residence in the 2500 block of Whitetail Run for a home invasion that occurred sometime overnight.

A 35-year-old man and 28-year-old woman told officers that their children said their video game system was missing from the television stand.

The man and woman then checked the office to discover their wallets were missing.

An interior door that is usually locked and closed that leads to the garage was open from the previous day, police said.

Two gaming consoles, cash, wallets, credit cards and a violin and viola, both in hard cases, were reported stolen.

The neighborhood is the Foxfire subdivision, near Nixon Road and M-14.

There are no suspects in either case. Police continue to investigate. Anyone with information on either incident is encouraged to call the Ann Arbor police anonymous tip line at 734-794-6939 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP (773-2587).

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Dr. Fate

Mon, Mar 11, 2013 : 7:27 p.m.

The fact that the burglars got in through a door that was left open by chance suggests that maybe the thieves were checking the door on a regular basis maybe. Highly doubt they were just really lucky unless it was visibly open.


Mon, Mar 11, 2013 : 6:24 p.m.

The sad thing is that the courts are too lenient on the criminals. Particularly home invasion. Slap on the wrists... community service and out they go. Try and protect yourself and you will end up in jail. The courts here don't really care all that much. And yes... that is a fact.


Fri, Feb 15, 2013 : 8:34 a.m.

Maybe I'm wrong, but reviewing the number of articles in the last several months about B&E activity, home invasions are really getting out of hand in A2. Bars on doors and windows, next step? Maybe a sought after feature for those looking to purchase a home in A2. Sad commentary.


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 5:13 a.m.

Everyone's a tough guy until it happens to them. Heavily trained soldiers freeze all the time but it looks like we have an abundance of super manly men right here in town. Do us all a favor and work out your issues with a sports car. It's safer for us all.


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 2:33 p.m.

So what are you going to do when the intruders show up? Make them some waffles or something?


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 7:26 p.m.

You people can't shoot home intruders unless they present a clear and present danger to your life. If you shoot a robber in the back as they run from your property you are going to go to jail and you are going to be charged with a felony. Something to think about should you ever feel the need to go Clint Eastwood on somebody trying to steal your kid's Wii


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 2:32 p.m.

Anybody in my house uninvited in the middle of the night is automatically classified as a "clear and present danger". They aren't there for bible study.


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 12:25 a.m.

Ok there Hmm......take a persons body and face it forward.Now rotate their shoulders to the right,don't move their hips or their back.Put a gun ( or whatever ) in their right hand.Their body and back is now facing forward,but their arm and hand and shoulders is facing backwards.They get shot in the back.See how that can work ? All I'll say is been then there seen and done that


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 11:16 p.m.

a2citizen I would never shoot he messenger, unless of course he forgot to knock.


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 10:45 p.m.

Cinnabar - don't shoot the messenger...I wouldn't trust the DA in a liberal county.


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 9:06 p.m.

And Hmm this is about more then wii, you really have no idea what they were really there about, rape, murder, torture. You take your chances with the twisted mind, I'll take my chances with a judge.


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 9:01 p.m.

It's dark, how can you tell if they are running towards you, or away? I'll take my chances with the courts.


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 6:26 p.m.

Why oh why can't these folks break into an armed homeowners house....please?

Roy Munson

Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 6:15 p.m.

"Two silhouettes running" would be "two silhouettes dropping" at my house.


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 6:12 p.m.

This is the silhouette I'd see if someone breaks into my house