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September 18, 2013

Resident finds belongings on roof after home invasion

By Jessica Strachan
C & G Staff Writer

SOUTHFIELD — A resident in the 28000 block of Stewart Avenue found some of her most valuable possessions on the roof of her house this weekend after an intruder broke into her home.

Though the 88-year-old woman didn’t know it at the time, police believe she probably scared off the suspect, who was forced to leave her belongings during the attempted robbery.

Lt. Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, explained that they received a call at around 12:30 a.m. Sept. 14 from a resident referencing a possible home invasion.

“She said she was downstairs reading a book when she heard a crashing sound. She informed officers that she can’t hear very well, but still checked the upstairs level and didn’t see anything apparently wrong,” Loussia said. “The victim reported that at that time, she saw from her window a young man who was walking down her driveway, away from her house.”

Since there were no noticeable disturbances, however, the woman went about her night, and it wasn’t until approximately an hour later, when she planned to go to bed and reportedly noticed that her bedroom window was open and shouldn’t have been, that she realized something had happened.

Looking out onto the roof, the woman found her purse and a tray of her jewelry, according to Loussia.

Responding officers investigated, and the resident found that the bedroom had been rifled through, with drawers being opened and other possessions being moved around. Officers also found that a chair had been moved onto the lawn, apparently used by the suspect to access the roof.

It appeared that all of the victim’s belongings were recovered, Loussia said.

“The suspect must have gotten scared off when she checked the house, left it on the roof and fled without it,” he said of the victim’s belongings. “She reported that nothing was missing.”

The victim was not able to give a suspect description, and at press time, no arrests had been made.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Jessica Strachan at jstrachan@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1108.