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Posted on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 12:19 p.m.

Electronics, liquor and shoes among items stolen in Ann Arbor home invasions

By Kyle Feldscher

The Ann Arbor Police Department is investigating three home invasions reported Thursday in the city, including one home where a TV, a GPS, PlayStation and controllers were stolen.

Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said that the break-in occurred sometime between Dec. 11 and 11:47 p.m. Thursday in the 2300 block of Leslie Park Circle. Two 28-year-old men who live at the home returned on Thursday and found the items missing.

In addition to the TV, GPS, PlayStation and controllers, the unknown intruder took off with liquor and shoes.

Police are also investigating a break-in that occurred between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Thursday in the 3000 block of Stone School Road. Bush said a 66-year-old woman who lives in the home returned to find a broken glass door that had been broken with rocks.

A laptop was the only item reported stolen, Bush said.

The final home invasion was reported at 1:42 p.m. Thursday in the 700 block of North Fourth Avenue. Bush said a neighbor told the 40-year-old woman who lives at the home that it had been broken into. The front door to the home was open and the house was ransacked, Bush said.

At this point, it’s unknown if any items were stolen. The detective bureau is investigating the case.

Anyone with information on any of these home invasions 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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Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 2:47 p.m.

@ FormerMichRes: "...bars on windows and doors?" How about every once in a while I decide to lock the doors? And I actually lock my truck (where I keep my wallet) all the time now. For this Townie, that's Fort-Knox-level security!


Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 12:14 p.m.

Unfortunately, for many Ann Arborites its time for Detroit-like measures ... like bars on windows and doors. Long-term, Ann Arborites need to elect politicians who have a law and order mindset. You have a revolving door justice system in Washtenaw County and weak judges who have "easy on criminals" mindset. Most of your b&e activity is perpetrated by a relatively small group of hard-core criminals who have lengthy arrest records, but have spent relatively little time behind bars.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 9:39 p.m.

Where's the 'we need more police' commenters and crowd? Go figure! They must be out Xmas shopping.


Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 3:14 a.m.

No. They've been alienated by relentless "public art" comments posted regardless of topic.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 9:26 p.m.

There are many home invasions in A2 that are not even reported here on You can sign up on to have notifications sent to you of all crimes that happen within a specified radius of your home address. I recently signed up, and I've been surprised at the number of home invasions in our area. (Maybe most people are aware of this, but I wasn't until a friend told me about it.)


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 8:53 p.m.

Lots of these property crimes over holidays for many reasons. Secure your residences with good locks and use timers on lights and TVs. Don't allow newspapers and mail to accumulate. Get a good door installed. Those doors with glass panels look cool but are an easy mark for burglars if no one is home. Hire more police to do neighborhood patrols.

Zultan Smith

Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 12:41 a.m.

Or just own a big dog! Problem solved...


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 7:23 p.m.

@ Kyle Feldscher: You see, Kyle? I'm not the only one –– other people are interested in the proper use of language, too. To say that a politician-invented phrase is the "proper term" is like saying that "Death Tax," and, "Right To Work," are proper and accurate terms. You have no problem using the more accurate phrase "break-in" (except for misspelling it) in the body of the article itself, why not use that universally-accepted phrase, or another universally-accepted one, like burglary, or breaking and entering, in your headlines? Even "B&E" would be less confusing. Outside of Michigan, nobody uses the phrase "Home Invasion" to describe burglary. Nobody.

Zultan Smith

Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 12:40 a.m.

"Home Invasion" is more comforting than the truth.

Kyle Feldscher

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 7:06 p.m.

In Michigan, any time a person enters a home without permission with the intent to commit a crime, or does commit a crime, that is called a home invasion. This may be different than other states and may be different than past definitions, but that's the proper term in this state currently. Here's the link the the Michigan Penal Code.

Jon Kipp

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 8:56 p.m.

Kyle you just missed my post. I bow down. Still crazy understanding Burglary (larceny), Robbery and Home Invasion. Got some reading to finish. Keep on, Kyle Merry Christmas.

Jon Kipp

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 8:52 p.m.

It would be a 2nd or 3rd degree "Home Invasion" though. After this exchange I am really confused with Burglary, Robbery and Home Invasion in Michigan. What would a Robbery to an Individual be charged??? Kyle, your not a Freshman........................Keep on!!!

Kyle Feldscher

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 8:24 p.m.

Jon Kipp: One more below that section you've pointed to is the definition of second-degree home invasion. I've copied and pasted that below. "(3) A person who breaks and enters a dwelling with intent to commit a felony, larceny, or assault in the dwelling, a person who enters a dwelling without permission with intent to commit a felony, larceny, or assault in the dwelling, or a person who breaks and enters a dwelling or enters a dwelling without permission and, at any time while he or she is entering, present in, or exiting the dwelling, commits a felony, larceny, or assault is guilty of home invasion in the second degree." The section you are pointing at specifically applies to first-degree home invasion. Yes, we're parsing degrees here, but the crime is still - as defined by the Michigan Legislature - home invasion.

Jon Kipp

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 8:12 p.m.

Nice try. Now that you have read the definitions of the statue, now read the elements of the crime. to be specific: (2) a and b. You state no such elements in the article. Again I point out, Freshman mistake.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 7:14 p.m.

"Home Invasion" sounds much more menacing than Burglary. Nice work, Michigan legislature on redefining that term and making people overreact.

Jon Kipp

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 6:56 p.m.

Empty residence=BURGLARY Residence occupied=HOME INVASION that is OK, Freshman mistake!!


Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 1:19 a.m.

hepcat...Who knows ? why is car theft in Michigan a UDAA ?


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 9:26 p.m.

Back in the day it was called " breaking and entering ". What was wrong with that ?


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 7:15 p.m.

Not exactly. In Michigan, you can be convicted of first degree home invasion if you break into a residence with the intention of committing a felony while possessing a dangerous weapon, whether or not anyone else is lawfully present in the home.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 7:14 p.m.

Actually it is not a mistake.There are different degrees of Home Invasion


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 6:26 p.m.

Were these home invasions? They sound like simple burglaries.

Zultan Smith

Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 12:38 a.m.

Ann Arbor has some trouble distinguishing the difference between the two. Had these really been home invasions we would more than likely be reading about the 66 year old female who gunned down her intruder....


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 5:46 p.m.

When is it going to end?


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 6:10 p.m.

Was supposed to be today but I guess not

Dog Guy

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 5:39 p.m.

Having your PlayStation and controllers stolen is nature's way of telling 28-year-old men to move on to the next stage of life.

Ann English

Sun, Dec 23, 2012 : 12:09 a.m.

I wonder if the same person or persons who broke into a Dhu Varren home earlier broke into this one on Leslie Park Circle, not very far to the east, off Dhu Varren. Not a dead-end road, but it won't take you to another road from Dhu Varren. Subdivisions are often like that.