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Posted on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 11:21 a.m.

Man breaks into home, raids freezer, puts pile of items in living room - then is found sleeping in closet

By Kyle Feldscher

A 36-year-old Ann Arbor man decided to make himself at home after breaking into a residence on Thanksgiving Day.

Police said he apparently raided the home’s freezer and deposited his property in the living room before falling asleep in a bedroom closet.

Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said officers responded at 10:08 p.m. Thursday to the 600 block of Catherine Street after the residents returned home. Sometime during the three hours they had been gone, someone had gone through the home’s freezer and deposited a bunch of unknown property in the living room.

“Residents found that the freezer to the refrigerator was open and there was a pile of property in the living room that was not any of theirs,” Bush said.

The man had also apparently ransacked the home’s bedrooms, opening dresser drawers and scattering items on the floor, according to Bush.

Officers who arrived on scene to investigate discovered a window off of the home’s fire escape had been damaged and appeared to be the point of entry. The officers then went inside and spoke with the residents about the incident.

At some point, while taking the report, the officers heard a strange noise coming from a bedroom closet. Officers opened the door and discovered the 36-year-old man sleeping and snoring in the closet, Bush said.

The man was arrested and taken to the Washtenaw County Jail, where he’s awaiting arraignment on home invasion charges, Bush said.
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Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 12:37 p.m.

Sounds like another case of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears...honestly, people have to quit trying to live fairy tale lives!


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 8:02 p.m.

and he didn't get to eat the porridge!!!


Sun, Nov 25, 2012 : 3:31 p.m.

Probably drunk, looking through all the drawers trying to kind something familiar, got fed up and passed out... Thought I was his own home, perhaps?

Ann English

Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 11:32 p.m. has run stories about drugged or drunk men entering homes at night, thinking they were entering their own homes, but they were stopped by the owners from "making themselves at home." If this man wasn't drugged or drunk, he probably thought the residents were visiting relatives in another state for Thanksgiving Day and were taking advantage of four days off work.

Sandra Samons

Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 3:58 p.m.

Must have made for a few laughs at the police station later in the day. Stuff like this can make up for a lot of not so nice police work! Despite the negative side, this is probably giving the family a few laughs too. All's well that ends well.


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 4:56 p.m.

Fodder for a future Kinsey-esque article.


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 3:36 p.m.

Large enough closet to sleep in, eh? My house was built in an era when large closets were illegal. Or maybe owning a lot of clothes was illegal. I get confused. Either way, my point is - and I do have one - is that I live in the Land of Miniscule Closets. I am very envious of the victims' large closet.

Thinking over here

Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 4:51 p.m.

That was my thought!! A closet big enough for a guy to sleep in :)

Will Hathaway

Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 2:22 p.m.

We were talking about the story and came up with a theory. The intruder heard the residents coming home and hid in the closet. He probably had some idea that he'd escape later, but it was dark and warm and after a while he fell asleep.


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 2:14 p.m.

Wow that was not a smart move...he is not too bright to sleep in a closet is he?

Judy Freedman

Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 2:13 p.m.

Back in the olden days when you discovered your house was broken into, you left. Then the police came and searched the whole house before they questioned you.


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 1:24 p.m.

Obviously the homeowner should have locked the doors, per hizzzhoners directive. Wait, what? Oh, nevermind.


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 11:16 a.m.

Only in Ann Arbor would something like this happen.


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 9:56 a.m.

Dear Kyle, Would you say this story is the most bizarre story you've ever written on Love, -metrichead


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 5:34 a.m.

Sounds like this fellow would make a good candidate for AA City Council. Thinks your home and property is "community property"... Now, if he'd only support an art tax he'd be a shoo-in. Or, maybe, he thought he was at the AA Library.


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 1:17 a.m.

How is that for immediate police response?


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 1:15 a.m.

There's much we don't know about unknown property, of course, but this much is clear: Those unknown properties can reach up and grab you where it's tender, man.


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 12:24 a.m.

It must have been a relief to have a police officer present before the intruder was discovered.

Steve Krause

Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 8 p.m.

What the heck does "deposited his property" mean? Is that a euphemism for something icky?


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 2:27 p.m.



Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 9:55 a.m.

You're the English professor, you tell us!


Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 6:20 p.m.

He just got confused after Thanksgiving dinner and too much to drink. He thought he was at Walmart on Black Friday and the tryptophan hit him while in the clothing department.


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 9:02 a.m.

Tryptophan in turkey doesn't knock you out. Eating x3 as much will. Pure tryptophan will. But I'm going to go out on a limb and say maybe he drank too much.

Urban Sombrero

Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 5:49 p.m.

Was he drunk?


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 1:38 a.m.

Actually, he probably was drunk, you are correct. Local 4 News interviewed the residents for the 6 pm newscast. One of the residents said some of the roommates kept their liquor in the freezer...I guess the "closet sleeper" knew where to look for the good stuff!


Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 10:23 p.m.

I'm usually never right, but in this case....I'd say seriously drunk!


Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 5:19 p.m.

Worlds Dumbest!


Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 4:57 p.m.

Three hots and a cot!


Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 4:50 p.m.

This guy is either wanting to get caught or there are rocks smarter.


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 2:26 p.m.

hey, let's not insult the rocks like that......


Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 4:36 p.m.

I feel bad for the family having they home invaded like and I know they are shaken. Saying though I still have to chuckle and think what was this dude thinking?


Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 7:07 p.m.

Just reread my post and I'm thinking I don't have much room to talk. First it was supposed to be "their house invaded" and no like at the end. The last sentence should have started "saying that though".