Farmington HillsJune 21, 2012
Police make arrest in Timberidge Apartments break-ins
By David Wallace
C & G Staff Writer
FARMINGTON HILLS — A 22-year-old Farmington Hills man faces two counts of second-degree home invasion for two break-ins at the Timberidge Apartments.
Police responded to the complex, where Folsom Street turns into Tuck Road, shortly before 1 p.m. June 12 after witnesses noticed two screens on the ground at one of the apartments and heard shuffling sounds inside. The witnesses told police they saw a man in his 20s wearing cargo shorts and a tank top crawl out a window and run to a nearby wooded area.
The officers at the scene set up a perimeter around the area, and officers near the entrance to the complex saw the individual and chased him into the woods, the report said.
“They apprehended him after they approached him,” said Farmington Hills Police Sgt. Scott Cronin. The suspect reportedly ignored police orders at first, but then cooperated.
Witnesses identified the man as the person they had seen earlier, and police reported finding pliers and a utility knife on him.
A few days earlier, police had taken a break-in report from a 24-year-old Timberidge Apartments resident. In that case, the resident told police that he had been out of town from the morning of June 7 until late June 9. When the resident entered his apartment, he saw the security rod from his sliding door in the middle of the living room and knew something had happened. He told police that he was certain he had properly locked his residence and put the rod in place.
The resident told police that he was missing a Nintendo Wii and games, a MacBook laptop computer, an iPad tablet computer, a Dell laptop computer, another laptop and an Apple iMac desktop computer.
Police spoke to a witness in that case who remembered seeing a man, about 19 years old, trying to open the door to the apartment. The man trying to get in said that he lived there and had forgotten his key.
“We actually did charge him with both of the Timberidge (cases),” Cronin said of the man apprehended June 12.
According to 47th District Court records, the defendant planned to retain an attorney, but the court did not have record of one June 15. The defendant was arraigned June 13 and received a $5,000 cash or surety, 10-percent bond. He was scheduled to have a preliminary examination at 8:30 a.m. June 22 in Judge Marla Parker’s courtroom.
The same defendant was arrested during a traffic stop near Eight Mile and Middlebelt roads March 11, when police found a substance on him that tested positive for heroin, according to a police report.
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