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Posted on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 11:03 a.m.

Man charged in Ann Arbor home invasion

By John Counts


Adrian Scissum

Courtesy of WCSO

The 27-year-old Pittsfield Township man who police say broke into an Ann Arbor apartment and stole jewelry was charged with second-degree home invasion at the Washtenaw County Jail Friday.

Adrian Scissum is accused of prying his way into an apartment in the 400 block of Kellogg Street Monday night. Police said jewelry was stolen from the apartment, where two 24-year-old women live.

“It was a substantial amount of jewelry,” Ann Arbor police Lt. Robert Pfannes said.

All of the items were recovered by detectives. Scissum was arrested Thursday in the 2200 block of Glencoe Hills Drive in Pittsfield Township. Ann Arbor police also recently arrested a juvenile in several other unrelated home invasions that took place this week.

Records show Scissum 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.

During his arraignment, Scissum told Magistrate Thomas Truesdell he was currently on parole.

"I just got off a tether a week ago," he said.

Truesdell appointed Scissum an attorney and gave him a 10 percent of $10,000 bond, which Scissum will not be able to post because of his parole status. He remains in custody at the county jail.

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Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 8:55 p.m.

Thats sad. 3 strikes and your out

Susan Ursus

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 11:28 a.m.

No such luck.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 10:31 p.m.

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 like this guy (who will be back on the street soon). 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.

Superior Twp voter

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 6:50 p.m.

Quite the criminal record, per OTIS. I was going to mention this guy could hawk his pretty earring to make his $1 K bond, but not to be due to his well-earned parole holder. So back into prison to re-join his home boys.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 4:37 a.m.

@ Don Bromley, EyeHeartYpsi, and others: Of course you are right, there is a difference between "Home Invasion" and "Burglary." But insists upon being led around by its nose by the politicians who re-named the applicable laws. As with "Death Tax," "Right To Work," and other BS Newspeak, politicians can control the media, unless a journalist or two believes in some degree of accuracy. Unfortunately, unquestioningly uses this BS "Home Invasion" terminology to describe Burglary and B&E. This Newspeak language was forced through back in the 90s by a few supposedly "Tough On Crime" Michigan legislators, even though no other legal body in the US uses this terminology. Readers new to regularly voice their confusion when uses this incorrect, if bureaucratically-endorsed language. But writers continue to forget that their job is NOT to be led around by their noses by manipulative politicians. We can only hope that the age of critical-thinking journalism is not dead forever, but unfortunately, doesn't seem particularly interested in keeping it alive.

Angry Moderate

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 5:17 a.m. is reporting the name of the crime that the defendant is charged with, as determined by the state legislature. It's the name that the prosecutor, judge, and jury will all use. The 2-3 people who obsess about this non-issue every time one of these stories is posted can send letters to their state representatives if they want to change it, but complaining about it here isn't going to work.


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 8:48 p.m.

It's painfully obvious that this individual will not be changing any time soon. Lock this guy up for good please.

Basic Bob

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:03 a.m.

"For good" is not happening. "For a while" is more like it. This is not Mississippi... yet.

Wolf's Bane

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 8:37 p.m.

A home invasion occurs when the home is invaded, versus a burglary, when the home is burglarized.


Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 2:21 a.m.

How do you burgle a home without "invading" it?

Don Bromley

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 7:09 p.m.

In what way is this a "home invasion" versus a "burglary"? There is a difference.

P. J. Murphy

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 4:57 a.m.

The accused in this report is charged with 2nd Degree Home Invasion. I googled this and found the following elements need to be present in Michigan: "(1) The defendant must either break and enter a dwelling –or– the defendant must enter a dwelling without permission. (2) The defendant must have formed the intent to commit a larceny, felony, or assault by the time he entered the dwelling –or– the defendant must have actually committed one of those crimes while entering, present in, or exiting the dwelling." No need for a resident to be present during the crime. If they were present, or if the accused had a weapon that's 1st Degree Home Invasion. I would imagine this is the standard charge nowadays, at least when the break in involves a residence, but not being a lawyer I have no idea if this is the case. Of course this is pretty much identical to what's commonly and traditionally defined as "burglary", but I'm sure prosecutors (and legislators) much prefer the more sexy label.


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 8:47 p.m.

"Home invasion" is the right term. Same comment on every single home invasion article.


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 7:25 p.m.

I don't understand this either. It seems the term "home invasion" is used in place of burglary quite regularly today. It's been my understanding that "home invasion" implies violent intent and/or armed takeover of a dwelling and its occupants. Not to trivialize the impact that burglary has on the occupant, but I agree, there is a difference.


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 6:46 p.m.

From OTIS:


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 8:07 p.m.

Dude....KEEP THIS GUY IN JAIL THIS TIME.....look at his record....he just LOVES breaking into people's houses... Where's the guy that always posts that quote about killing a thief when he's young....


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 5:09 p.m.

Also......this.... ""I just got off a tether a week ago," he said." /facepalm


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 5:08 p.m.

"Records show Scissum has a previous criminal history," YAY!!! Let's all do the Recidivism Dance!! We can steal if we want to.........we can rob our neighbors blind........

Susan Ursus

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 11:20 p.m.

Get real, Basic Bob. People don't break into homes because they can't find work. I would venture that this lowlife has never done a minute of hard work in his life.

Angry Moderate

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 7:05 p.m.

Bob, I take it that you're going to hire him and give him a loan when he gets out?

Basic Bob

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 6:51 p.m.

Because it's so much easier to find a job after you get out of prison. And so easy to make new friends to borrow money from while you get your life back together. And easy to get an education with no means to support yourself. It's easy to recognize the pattern and do nothing to make it better.