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Fraser burglar caught with help from surveillance system

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published April 19, 2016

 Images and video from a home surveillance system has led to the arrest of 23-year-old Colin Mitchell Tyler for his alleged role in a Fraser home invasion.

Images and video from a home surveillance system has led to the arrest of 23-year-old Colin Mitchell Tyler for his alleged role in a Fraser home invasion.

Photo provided by Fraser Public Safety Department

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FRASER — A home surveillance system has led to the arrest of a 23-year-old Clinton Township man.

On April 16, Colin Mitchell Tyler was arrested by Fraser and Clinton Township police for his alleged role in a Fraser home invasion.

At about 1 p.m. April 14, Tyler allegedly snuck into a home on Garfield Road, near Mulvey, that is owned by a married couple in their 60s.

He reportedly entered by removing the screen and jumping through an unlocked rear window. He was in the home for approximately 10 minutes. The homeowners’ surveillance system was activated.

“(The homeowners) came home and realized that their house had pretty much been ransacked,” Fraser Lt. Mike Pettyes said.

Pettyes said a small amount of money was stolen, along with a pearl necklace, electronic devices and some prescription drug bottles.

Still images processed from the video footage were released to multiple media outlets, and they were also shared via social media. Pettyes said Tyler was identified within a 24-hour period.

“The best calls were from the family members of the suspect,” Pettyes said, adding that electronics were most likely stolen to be pawned off to aid his addiction. “His family knows him to be an opiate addict and realized immediately upon seeing video that was their boy.”

Tyler’s family tipped off police, saying that the suspect was walking to a friend’s residence in Clinton Township. On April 16, at about 4 a.m., he was spotted by police.

When approached, Tyler reportedly ran into an upstairs bedroom, where police saw him jump from a second-story window. He was chased through the surrounding neighborhood prior to being apprehended. He was taken to the hospital to treat a leg injury that occurred during his plunge.

He was later released and booked by Fraser authorities. Pettyes said Tyler admitted to the home invasion and told police that he has a substance abuse problem.

Tyler was arraigned April 18 at 39th District Court in Roseville, on charges of second-degree home invasion. He is being held on a $50,000 cash or surety bond. His next court date is at 8:15 a.m. April 27 for a probable cause hearing.

At press time, he requested a court-appointed attorney, but was not yet granted one.

Call Staff Writer Nick Mordowanec at (586) 279-1118.

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