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Posted on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 12:33 p.m.

Ann Arbor police arrest 2 suspects in 5 home invasions this week

By Kyle Feldscher

Ann Arbor police arrested two people they believe are responsible for five home invasions and two attempted break-ins that took place this week in the city.

Ann Arbor police Detective Lt. Robert Pfannes said detectives developed a suspect while investigating two home invasions in the 3200 block of Chelsea Circle Wednesday and one home invasion and two attempted break-ins Tuesday in the 2900 block of Pebble Creek Drive. Detectives executed a search warrant on the juvenile suspect’s home and found items stolen from those residences.


An Ann Arbor police car patrols the city in this file photo.

The boy was placed under arrest and detectives are working on identifying who the stolen items belong to, Pfannes said.

‘We’re still sorting it out,” he said Friday.

Pfannes said money, iPhones, iPods, assorted jewelry and other miscelleanous items were recovered from the boy’s home.

More information on the case was not available because the boy is a juvenile, Pfannes said.

The front door at one home on Chelsea Circle was forced open and a rear window appeared to be the point of entry in the second home, police said this week. The break-ins occurred between 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and 12:01 a.m. Thursday at the first home and 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the second home, according to police.

In the Pebble Creek Drive incidents, two homes reported windows were damaged by an attempt to access the homes and one home showed evidence someone tried to kick in the door. One home had a smashed window, and cash, an iPhone and an iPod were stolen.

A second home invasion suspect is scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon on one count of second-degree home invasion for breaking into apartments in the 400 block of Kellogg Street Monday.

Ann Arbor police detectives arrested the 27-year-old Pittsfield Township man in the 2200 block of Glencoe Hills Drive Thursday.

Pfannes said all the jewelry stolen from one apartment, where two 24-year-old women live, was recovered by detectives. Police were called to the apartments Monday night after a man living in a different apartment reported his residence was broken into between 10:15 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.

“It was a substantial amount of jewelry,” Pfannes said.

The Pittsfield Township man's name will be released after he is arraigned Friday afternoon. Records show he has a previous criminal history, including two convictions for second-degree home invasion, one plea of no contest to a charge of second-degree home invasion, two convictions for receiving and concealing stolen property and one conviction for malicious destruction of property.

To this point, only one of the home invasions reported to have occurred this week in Ann Arbor remains unsolved. A home was reported broken into in the 500 block of Benjamin Street Monday night. Cash and a man’s passport were stolen from that residence. The case is under investigation.

Police also are investigating home invasions reported to have occurred while University of Michigan students were away for winter break.

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Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 10:39 p.m.

Burglary vs. home invasion -- typical A2 with commenters fussing like Sparrows over a cotton ball. Anyway, the only reason I comment of this type of story is that I used to live in A2 and still have family and friends who do. There is a hard-core group of B&E artists working A2 and Ypsi and most of them have lengthy records. MI needs a three strike rule to get these folks off the street for good. The root cause of the problem is the mindset of the voters, particularly in SE Mich. Ann Arborites, get the hard-core crooks off the street for good ... or go to bars on windows and doors like Detroit! It's up to YOU. For all of the whining about EFM laws and Governor recalls, etc. ... YOU are very weak on crime in YOUR communities.


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 8:27 a.m.

burglary, noun, entry into a building with the intent to commit a crime, esp. theft. "home invasion" is the act of illegally entering a private and occupied dwelling with violent intent for the purpose of committing a crime against the occupants such as robbery, assault, rape, murder, or kidnapping. lodged (when used as a verb) 1. to have voluntarily chosen a habitation or quarters, especially temporarily, as in a hotel, motel, or inn: We lodged in a guest house. 2. to live in rented quarters in another's house: He lodged with a local family during his college days. 3. to be fixed, implanted, or caught in a place or position; come to rest; stick: The bullet lodged in his leg. ---- "jailed" (transitive v.) to have put a person in jail. Jail: place for the confinement of persons in lawful detention, especially persons awaiting trial under local jurisdiction. 2. Detention in a jail. tr.v. jailed, jailĀ·ing, jails No one has chosen any jail in Washtenaw County as a temporary habitation. There is no jail in Washtenaw County which houses non-arrestees, only those arrested will be forced to live in a jail. incompetent adj. 1) referring to a person who is not able to manage his/her affairs due to mental deficiency (lack of I.Q., deterioration, illness or psychosis) or sometimes physical disability.

harry b

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 8:25 p.m.

Boot camp at least until 18 or 21 with schooling 12 months a year.

Atticus F.

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 7:48 p.m.

Good job AAPD! Thank you! I'm happy to live in a city where we have one of the best, most prefessional police forces in the country. And also happy that we have a police force that prioritizes the way they use their resourses in tackleing more serious offences against persons and property.


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 1:24 a.m.

Priority was actually forced by an incredibly involved and active neighborhood contingent. Don't kid yourself .... This neighborhood is fed up with being targeted by such thugs .

Atticus F.

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 9:32 p.m.

I really need to start using spell check, lol.


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 7:23 p.m.

Where was the boy arrested from? (suspect #1) Did he live in the area?


Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 8:27 p.m.

Yes, suspect 1 lives in the same area where the invasions occured. Suspect 1 was released from juvenile that day and commited the same crime in the same area that night. I wonder will an eviction notice be served.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:12 p.m.

He probably does. This story sounds like the other home invasion stories in the Chelsea Circle area. He waits until people go to work/school/etc. and kicks in doors. I wonder if he had a tv that was taken during one of the previous invasions. HMMMMM.


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 7:18 p.m.

This is good news. The dreamer in me wishes their home addresses could be published and subsequently home invaded repeatedly so they knew what it felt like. I guess the court system will have to do ;) Good job AAPD!


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 6:32 p.m.

Excellent detective work ! I sense a lot of these are copycat crimes. Opportunists. With more News like this the word will spread and the wannabes will look for something safer to do.

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 6:09 p.m.


Dog Guy

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 6:04 p.m.

Remember that presumption of innocence includes Fagin and his Artful Dodger sidekick until found guilty in a fair and impartial forum, or against 'em as case may be.


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 5:49 p.m.

"Records show he has a previous criminal history, including two convictions for second-degree home invasion, one plea of no contest to a charge of second-degree home invasion, two convictions for receiving and concealing stolen property and one conviction for malicious destruction of property." WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT?! Time to get serious about crime and stop with the wrist slapping. This low-life should be put away for good and the juveniles parents should face charges.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 5:50 p.m.

@ ArthGuinness: From what I gathered in this report, there were two apprehensions. Only one was a juvenile while the other is described as a 27 year old with a history. Crimes of theft used to be punishable by removing the hand that stole. I don't know what the history is of the juvenile in the story, but how many wrist slaps should one receive before they are treated like criminals?


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 10:42 p.m.

Stiff penalties deter crime nearly 100% during the incarceration period.


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 8:34 p.m.

Love to hear arthguiness tune if it was his house that got hit....


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 8:31 p.m.

Why does everyone want to throw the parents in jail??? Granted, there are people out there who aren't good parents and could possibly be part of the problem, but the fast judgment of a lot of people out there seriously concerns me.


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 8:29 p.m.

@arthguinness, who cares if the best way to coddle juveniles thieves is with big giant hugs. How about we put this kid away for the mere fact he won't be able to break in mine or your house. At some point a life behind bars is the only option. This kid has been given multiple chances, now it's time he says goodbye to freedom.


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 7:52 p.m.

Oh, brother, upvotes for this? Another tough-on-crime nut who doesn't think anything is "serious" unless every crime is punishable by death. Sure, this particular kid appears to have spent his second or third chance and needs to be removed from society for a good while. But in general, the best way to deal with juveniles who have had a brush with the law isn't actually to make them hardened criminals in prison. This is based on actually reviewing outcomes and analyzing whether stiff penalties actually deter juveniles (they don't). But why actually listen to the evidence when one can beat their chest about how tough they'd be if they were in charge?


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 7:25 p.m.

C'mon, can't you give a guy a seventh chance?