Burglar claims to be police, robs woman

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published April 13, 2017

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The Harper Woods Department of Public Safety is searching for a suspect involved in the robbery of an occupied home at approximately 7:15 a.m. April 11 in the 19300 block of Old Homestead Drive.

A 94-year-old woman who resides in the home awoke to discover a man walking around inside the residence. She confronted him.

“The suspect advised the elderly victim that he was (a) police officer but was not wearing a uniform and did not produce any type of identification,” said Department of Public Safety Chief James Burke in a press release. “The suspect was alone and fled the residence with a television and the victim’s wallet. Harper Woods officers immediately responded and began an intensive search. Fortunately, the victim was not injured during this crime.”

Officers determined that the perpetrator broke into the woman’s home through a rear bedroom window. Harper Woods investigators collected evidence from the scene and are actively investigating several leads in the case, according to the press release.

The suspect was described as a black man with a light complexion who appeared to be 20-25 years old. He was clean-shaven and was wearing a green and tan jacket at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Harper Woods Department of Public Safety at (313) 343-2530.

“Please help us keep Harper Woods safe by reporting any suspicious people or vehicles that appear out of place in your neighborhood,” said Burke in the press release posted at nixle.com. “Many of our elderly residents do not receive information about crimes such as this. Please take a minute and check on your neighbors and advise them to call 911 immediately if they observe any unusual activity near their home.”