Residents help police nab 15-year-old break-in suspect
A 15-year-old Ypsilanti Township boy was arrested and accused of breaking into a home Monday morning after area residents pointed sheriff’s deputies in his direction.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Derrick Jackson said a 33-year-old woman returned at about 9 a.m. to the home in the 400 block of Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township. The woman told police she saw the teenager running out of the front door of the home as she entered through the side door, Jackson said.
Sheriff’s office deputies responded and began canvassing the area with a helping hand from neighbors, Jackson said.
Residents who saw a teenager fleeing the area pointed police in his direction, eventually leading to his arrest near Prospect Street and Spring Street, Jackson said.
“This is a great example of residents coming forward to assist law enforcement,” Jackson said.
An Ypsilanti Police Department officer and a sheriff’s deputy arrested the teenager near the intersection, Jackson said.
The teenager had stolen property in his possession and all of the items taken from the home were recovered, Jackson said.
The boy’s name and photo have not been released because he has not been arraigned on any charges.