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Posted on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 1:06 p.m.

Laptop, bottle of booze stolen in Ann Arbor home invasion

By John Counts

A laptop, change, winter clothing and a bottle of alcohol was reported stolen from a residence in the 500 block of North Main Street of Ann Arbor, police said.

Ann Arbor police were dispatched to the home at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lt. Robert Pfannes said.

There was no one in the apartment at the time. The suspect or suspects gained entry through an unlocked window, Pfannes said

Police continue to investigate.

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Soulful Adrenaline

Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 12:39 a.m.

It was a time traveler from the year 2053 that stole the aforementioned articles. He needed the clothes because he was naked, the booze to quell the pain and the laptop to look up information pertaining to the location of the hard drives.


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:54 p.m.

Anyone who is drunk today is considered a suspect


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 8:39 p.m.

just a bottle of stolen Booze


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 8:19 p.m.

How much have you had to drink today citizen?

Unusual Suspect

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:50 p.m.

Why don't people responsibly lock up their booze and laptops in a booze-and-laptop safe?


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:31 p.m.

"Bottle of Booze" This is the first time I can recall seeing that in a headline. Did the perps also steal a paper bag to drink it from?

Soulful Adrenaline

Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 12:33 a.m.



Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 6:49 p.m.

I am about this close to deleting my bookmark link to You guys need to get some educated writers in there who know the difference between a robbery and a home invasion. Let me take you back to school for a moment: "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" Note the "AND OCCUPIED" portion of this definition. For you to title your article a "Home Invasion" and then immediately state that the residence was unoccupied shows a low level of understanding regarding the importance of accurate reporting. Get smarter or get a dumber job!


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 4:35 p.m.

Do we really need this attitude Timmy ?"GET smarter or get a dumber job"How about you get a job or get out of moms basement.If you delete your bookmark it will hardly change my life.Please stop taking yourselves so seriously people.


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 12:33 p.m.

Ok. I stand corrected and offer humble apologies to the author John Counts. You can't help that Michigan is probably the only State for which the term was defined this way. Having MANY relatives in law enforcement, two lawyers and one judge in the family I have been clear on the difference between various types and definitions of crime since I was a child. So this whole State is to blame for this confusion. Michigan is "different to a fault" on so many things I guess I have to add this to the "Michigan Duhhh Dictionary" I am compiling to try and understand this odd State.

John Counts

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:43 p.m.

This "home invasion" vs. "burglary" issue comes up all the time. There is no charge for "burglary" in Michigan. Some police use it as shorthand for thefts from businesses, which generally fall under breaking and entering laws, but you cannot be legally charged with "burglary." For residential dwellings, police call them "home invasions" and that's the same term used in court charges. It does not matter if people are present in the home, though if there are people present, the degree might change. A robbery is when someone takes something from a person. For accuracy, we use the term from the charges for the most part. There is more information about home invasions here:


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:42 p.m.

Tim: you're wrong. It turns out that Michigan law replaced "Burglary" with "Home Invasion" at some point in the past, so is using the technical legal term used by state law for the crime:


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:29 p.m.

Thanks Bryan, I did see my own stupidity come forward in the "robbery" comment. I tapped out my first comment on my phone while at work and failed to effectively proof read. Shame on me, and I wish there was a way to edit once posted, I would go back and fix my mistake. Yes it was actually a burglary. My issue is that the title eludes to a much darker crime than actually occurred. Since there is no way to know whether the burglar was armed, and no one was home, calling it a "home invasion" is journalistically irresponsible.


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:10 p.m.

Note to self: Reread what you type before posting as there seems to be no way to edit after posting. "...what terminology you happened to have been taught..."


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:05 p.m.

Writers do not have to worry about what terminology you happened to be taught in school. Check the Michigan definitions at (Note that even for first degree home invasion, there doesn't have to be anyone at home if the perpetrator is armed.)

Bryan Ellinger

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 6:59 p.m.

Hey Tim, can you educate us on the difference between a robbery and a burglary? ;-)


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 6:24 p.m.

What about a bottle of lotion? Someone is about to have some fun!