2007-10-18 / News

Tip leads police to suspects, property in Gerrish break-ins

A "community tip" led Gerrish Township Police to interview suspects and recover about 80% of property stolen in a rash of burglaries on the west side of Higgins Lake.

Two of four suspects were arraigned in 83rd District Court, Roscommon, this week. A 19-yearold Roscommon man is charged with five counts of second degree home invasion. A 23-year-old Roscommon woman is charged with aiding and abetting second degree home invasion.

Gerrish Township Police Sgt. Greg Patchin said warrants were obtained for those two and one other adult and a juvenile petition for a fourth suspect in connection with break-ins at four homes. The burglaries were discovered Sept. 14 at the homes, three of which are next door to each other. The houses had been burglarized "multiple times," Patchin said, with property worth a total of nearly $5,000 taken.

A "community tip" Sept. 22 led officers to the suspects and property, Patchin said. Property recovered included two pellet guns and a shotgun. Other items stolen included camping chairs, a generator, power tools and electronic equipment.

Three felony warrants have been issued for the other adult male suspect, and three felony petitions are in process for the juvenile suspect, all for second degree home invasion. The investigation continues.

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