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Posted on Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 5:59 a.m.

Police: 14-year-old boy arrested hiding in basement after home invasion

By Cindy Heflin

Ypsilanti police arrested a 14-year-old boy they said was hiding in the basement after a break-in at a home in the 1300 block of Grant Street Sunday.

A resident of the home called 911 about 7:50 a.m. to report hearing someone in the house. Officers arrived and surrounded the home, then went inside and found the boy, an Ypsilanti Township resident, in the basement, police said in a news release.

He was taken to the Ypsilanti Police Department and then lodged at the Washtenaw County juvenile detention facility.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Sgt. Thomas Eberts at 734-482-9878 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP.

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Linda Peck

Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 2:46 p.m.

It is a sad case that a child of this age is so desperate. I am very sorry to read about this and pray that he will find a way to get through this life on a better path.

Linda Peck

Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 6:21 p.m.

A person can be emotionally desperate, and that is more the feeling behind what I am saying. Thank you for your post. I am aware of the training some children receive in this line of work. Still, my heart goes out to them, so young and so in need of love, and yes, desperate.


Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 3:56 p.m.

desparate or opportunistic? because we've had groups of juvies working our neighborhood who were just journeymen in their chose activity/career. they were not in need of food or shelter. they were just thieves working to get what they could.


Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 2:28 p.m.

14 years old? Both parents should be hauled into court as well.


Tue, Jul 24, 2012 : 9:44 p.m.

Cash? If he has both parents. Some have one or the other or live with grandparents. But I do agree parents need to be held accountable.

Angry Moderate

Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 5:46 p.m.

Very true!


Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 3:42 p.m.

I don't know, Angry; some parents aren't always better than no parents. Lots of these kids would have been much better off in life had they never had to spend a single minute with those who brought them into the world.

Angry Moderate

Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 2:40 p.m.

I doubt this would have happened if "both" parents were available.

tom swift jr.

Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 2:14 p.m.

It would be interesting if followed this story for a couple of years to see what happens with this child. I would be curious as to the charges brought, probation, incarceration, counseling, etc offered. But, truth be told, the response to this will be minimal. A few months of barely supervised probation and then the case will be dropped. But we'll never know about this.


Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 11:44 a.m.

Sad part is this kid is just 14. If he wasn't already in the system he is now. Just 4 more years and he'll make it downtown. Juvi rarely turns kids around. I hope he gets help and doesn't become another anonymous number.


Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 2:50 a.m.

My comment was deleted as usual. But all I am going to say is this. I could not agree more with your statement. Nuff said and I will probably get deleted again. As usual.

Jimmy McNulty

Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 10:34 a.m.

The kid is lucky he was not shot by the homeowner.


Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 10:09 a.m.

how many priors?


Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 11:46 a.m.

well - Normal Park has seen this from this age and younger so I'm asking


Mon, Jul 23, 2012 : 11:31 a.m.

They're never too young for recidivism...