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 St. Clair Shores police are searching for this man, suspected of robbing a house and stealing a vehicle on Gordon Switch Street.

St. Clair Shores police are searching for this man, suspected of robbing a house and stealing a vehicle on Gordon Switch Street.

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Police looking for suspect in St. Clair Shores home invasion, auto theft

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 25, 2020


ST. CLAIR SHORES — Police are looking for a burglary suspect who got away with a visiting family’s vehicle.

Detective Lt. James Fraser said St. Clair Shores police were called to the 22000 block of Gordon Switch Street at 6:30 a.m. June 24 for a potential larceny from a parked vehicle.

When officers arrived on the scene, however, they noticed that a Jeep in a neighbor’s driveway had been left running. Its reverse lights were on, but no one was inside the vehicle.

The garage door to the home was also open, so police made contact with the 63-year-old resident and his out-of-state visitors.

When the man and his visitors came outside, they noticed that the Kia Sorento belonging to the visitors, who were from Tennessee, was missing.

Fraser said the 63-year-old resident told police that, at some point earlier in the night, he had observed a man in his house, but he thought it was one of the visitors staying in his house. It was later determined that the man was actually the suspect, who was seen on a Ring doorbell video at the time of the incident, around 4 a.m., as well as on surveillance footage from a local pharmacy earlier in the night. The suspect is described as a skinny white man in his late 30s, wearing a white tank top, gray sweatpants and white shoes. He is believed to have left the area in the stolen Kia.

Fraser said the suspect did not make any threats of harm to any of the people in the home. He is also believed to be responsible for breaking into the neighbor’s vehicle, but nothing was stolen. The man did take several items from the house, but police are not disclosing what was taken at this time. They also believe the Jeep may have been left behind because its parking brake was engaged.

Anyone with any information about the suspect or the incident is asked to contact Detective Ben Leitch at the St. Clair Shores Police Department by calling (586) 445-5305.