Police investigate possible link between home break-ins

Lock your doors and windows and be on the lookout, police say

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published November 16, 2012

MADISON HEIGHTS — A Madison Heights woman told police someone broke into her home while she was sleeping one night. Police now believe the suspect may be the masked man who appeared in a neighbor’s home months earlier.

Nothing was taken, but in the first case, it appeared the man was looking for someone. 

The incident occurred in the 30000 block of Woodmont Drive around 3 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9. The victim awoke to the sound of her dog and heard the rustling sound of someone moving in the hallway just beyond her bedroom door. When the neighbor’s dogs started barking, she hopped out of bed and started searching her home.

The smell of cigarette smoke lingered in the air, both upstairs and downstairs, and the glass doorwall had been left unlocked. When police arrived, they checked the property and found the backyard gate open on the north side of the house. The victim said she had locked the gate before going to bed.

In addition, there were trampled plants near the northwest corner of the property, suggesting someone had been standing there.

A similar incident occurred a few houses down the street on Aug. 18. In that case, the victim, also female and alone that night, woke up at 6 a.m. and saw an unknown man looming over her bed, dressed all in black and wearing a ski mask.

The man allegedly touched her leg and said he was in the wrong house. He told her to stay still and remain silent while he left the house, which he did through the doorwall.

He was described as about 6 feet tall, with a thin build.

Police are concerned about this man’s intentions. He took nothing in either case, and he appeared to be looking for someone. What he would do if he found her is unknown.

“There’s always that fear, anytime something like this happens,” said Madison Heights Police Lt. Corey Haines. “Our chief concern is the safety of our citizens.”

Police have increased their neighborhood patrols, including an extra check each night. They’re also advising people to be vigilant and take proper precautions.

“Take that extra step each night to make sure your door and windows are locked, and that you have a stick or board or something in your sliding door and window so it can’t be opened,” Haines said. “And be mindful of what you see and hear at night; if you notice something suspicious, please let us know, whether it’s someone who doesn’t belong in the area or whatever. Those are the kinds of things we need to know.”     

Anyone with information on these or other incidents can contact Madison Heights detectives at (248) 585-2100.