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Posted on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 11:30 a.m.

Police investigating home invasions that took place while residents were gone for the holidays

By Kyle Feldscher

Area police are investigating home invasions that were reported Thursday but took place while residents were away for the holidays.

Ann Arbor police reported one home broken into, while two more had items stolen from them in Ypsilanti.

Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said the 21-year-old woman returned at 10:14 p.m. Thursday to her home in the 500 block of Elizabeth Street. An unknown person, or persons, forced the front door to the home open, Bush said.

The woman left home on Dec. 19 and it’s undetermined when the home invasion took place, Bush said.

Stolen items include an Xbox 360, and seven or eight Xbox games and PlayStation 2 games, Bush said. There was no suspect information to release Friday.

Anyone with information on this 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).

In Ypsilanti, police responded at 12:40 a.m. Thursday to the 200 block of East Cross Street after a woman reported coming home to her apartment and the back door to her home was forced open.

The woman had been away for the holidays and she reported jewelry and other personal items were stolen.

Police are investigating a second home invasion in Ypsilanti. At 11:15 p.m. Thursday, a woman living in the 900 block of Washtenaw Avenue reported she came home and her rear door had been forced open.

Two video game systems were reported stolen from that home.

Anyone with information on these break-ins is encouraged to call the Ypsilanti police at 734-483-9510.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at kylefeldscher@annarbor.com or you can follow him on Twitter.

Comments

Tru2Blu76

Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 7:56 p.m.

I see headline saying "home invasion" and I immediately go to that article. I see headline saying (more accurately) "burglary" or "home break-in" - I might go to other articles. Use of "home invasion" instead of more accurate phrasing - Coincidence? I think not. Thinking: when did I see the last headline in the news saying: "Burglaries and how to stop them."?? Answer: recently - but only in publications of the National Rifle Assoc. and other defense oriented sources. Never in - "our local news outlet." Now which of this kind of news source should I think has the most dubious (if not sinister) agenda? :-)

Kyle Feldscher

Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 1:31 p.m.

My "dubious" and "sinister" agenda is using the same terms as our Michigan laws, Tru2Blu76. While break-in or burglary might be used on occasion, they are all interchangeable terms when it comes to someone entering a home illegally. http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-750-110a

FormerMichRes

Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 11:34 a.m.

Sad commentary. Bars on doors and windows ... a la Detroit would be a prudent step Ann Arborites. You and your public officials are starting to let this crime thing spiral.

RJA

Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 11:21 p.m.

Adding to Glady's comment.......DON'T TELL ANYONE YOU ARE GOING AWAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

gladys

Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 5:22 p.m.

If you can't afford an alarm system, lights on timers can deter burglars as well as having someone come check every day or so and pick up mail.