Woman halts church burglars

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 29, 2011

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A Troy woman thwarted thieves who used her backyard to stash the loot they were stealing from a church behind her home June 28.

According to police, the resident, who lives on Colleen, south of Square Lake, near Dequindre, said she heard car doors closing at 3 a.m. and saw an early 2000 model red Pontiac parked at the end of her driveway.

She saw two men with blue flashlights get out of the car and walk between houses into her backyard.

She told police the men carried large, flat objects back to the vehicle and put them in the trunk and back seat. She reportedly called out to the men and asked them what they were doing. They told her their car had broken down and they were waiting for a friend. The woman told them she was calling the police, and the men fled in the Pontiac.

Police found tracks between the houses, along with a large quantity of items in the woman’s backyard, next to a cement wall adjacent to Korean United Methodist Church, 42693 Dequindre.

Troy Police Lt. Bob Redmond said police believe the thieves parked in front of the woman’s home first, broke into the church, and then made several trips from the car to the fence.

Upon investigation, police learned that window screens had been pushed out and windows at the church were smashed to gain entry into offices. Church officials told police that computer monitors, keyboards, guitars, other musical instruments and cases, clocks, cameras and other electronic items were missing.

Police recovered items near the cement wall valued at about $12,000 and continue to investigate.

One suspect was described as a white man, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall and 180-200 pounds, with a thin build and short light-brown hair. He was wearing shorts and a T-shirt. The other suspect was a white man, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall and 180-200 pounds, with a thin build and long wavy light-brown hair. He was wearing shorts and a light gray T-shirt.

 

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