Madison Heights home struck twice by burglars

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published September 18, 2020


MADISON HEIGHTS — Earlier this year, someone allegedly broke into a Madison Heights home and stole cash and gold. Now the same home appears to have been burglarized again, by a group of men who may be the same suspects from the first incident.

The original encounter was Feb. 21, at a house located in the 26000 block of Palmer Avenue.  No one was home at the time. That crime allegedly occurred around 9 p.m. and involved the theft of cash and gold jewelry. The suspect(s) reportedly kicked in the side door of the home to gain entry. The incident was reported to the Madison Heights Police Department two days later on Feb. 23.

Now it appears a trio of gunmen visited the same home Aug. 30. The residence is home to a married couple and their children. The wife notified Madison Heights Police around 10:20 p.m. that day. The suspects are described as three men with their faces concealed by masks. They were also wearing hooded sweatshirts and gloves, and each of them carried a handgun.

In the Aug. 30 incident, they reportedly kicked in the front door, rushed into the home and held the woman at gunpoint, ordering her to sit still on the couch. The woman’s 14-year-old son allegedly ran out of the house at the beginning of the incident.

While one gunman reportedly kept his gun trained on the woman, his two accomplices searched the rest of the house, finding a safe. However, the safe was empty. One of the gunmen reportedly picked up the open safe and threw it on the ground.

The woman was allegedly asked multiple times where the money was located. After the gunmen found nothing, they fled the scene empty-handed, the incident lasting only a couple minutes. The 14-year-old then returned home. No one was harmed.

Police say it’s highly unusual for a home to be robbed in this fashion, let alone twice. Investigations are continuing with ongoing interviews with the family members.

Madison Heights Police Lt. Michael Siladke confirmed that a code enforcement officer had been sent to the home a couple years ago when police were notified of the homeowner operating a hair salon there. Earlier this year, the owner was also ticketed for continuing to operate the salon there.

“We are still investigating and can’t definitively say it was the same suspects. The victims were not home during the first incident, and it took them two days to report it,” Siladke said. “We are following up on all leads and want to determine what led the suspects to target this particular home. On the first home invasion, no one was home. It is unclear if the suspects thought no one was at home on the second home invasion, or even if it was the same suspects, as masks were being worn.”

If you know more about this crime or others, call Madison Heights Police at (248) 585-2100.