St. Clair Shores police seeking suspect in home invasion

Man knocks on door, then tries to break in if no one answers

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published March 23, 2018

Shutterstock image

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores police are looking for a man knocking on doors during daylight hours, then trying to kick in the door if no one answers.

Police are investigating one home invasion and two attempted home invasions that all occurred the morning of March 16, between the southern city border and 11 Mile Road.

“What he’s doing (is) approaching the house, knocking on the door. If he finds out no one’s home, kicking the door in,” said Detective Gordon Carrier. 

According to the police report, a resident was in the basement of one of the homes when he heard several knocks at the door. It sounded like a package delivery, so the resident didn’t go upstairs to answer the door. A short time later, the man told police, he heard several louder knocks, so he looked out the window and saw a gray SUV parked in his driveway.

When he went upstairs, the resident told police, he saw that the front door was cracked and there was damage to the door frame. A man in the SUV was backing it out of the driveway. Police discovered shoe prints on the screen door when they came to investigate.

Another report states that a resident was upstairs when she heard a knock on the door. She looked outside and didn’t recognize the knocker, who continued pounding on the door and kicked it a few times before getting into a Jeep and leaving.

At the third house, the residents arrived home at 3 p.m. to find the front door ajar. They stayed outside and called police. A K-9 officer was called in to search, but did not find anyone in the home. The residents reported jewelry missing from the home.

“We got a glimpse of what we think is the suspect vehicle from outdoor surveillance video of one of the nearby houses,” Carrier said. 

He said that they believe the suspect is driving a dark gray Jeep Patriot. The suspect is described as a bald black man in his 30s. 

Carrier said residents should make sure their doors are secure. Audible alarms and barking dogs could also scare off the suspect, he said. He said neighbors should be vigilant of what is going on in their neighborhood and be on the lookout for suspicious people walking up to houses.

Anyone with any information about the suspect or any other incidents is asked to call the St. Clair Shores Police Department Detective Bureau at (586) 445-5305.