KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - A Kalamazoo resident is in jail, accused of breaking into four homes and stealing numerous items.
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers responded around 3:46 a.m. Monday to a report of a home invasion in progress in the 1100 block of Hillcrest Avenue.
The residents awoke to strange noises and the odor of cigarette smoke inside their home, according to a news release.
As they began to investigate, the residents saw the rear, sliding door open and a purse missing.
Officers arrived and located a male trying to flee the neighborhood.
Police apprehended the suspect in a wooded area east of the 1100 block of Howard Street, following a lengthy, foot pursuit.
The suspect was in possession of a backpack containing several stolen electronic items, police said.
Through the course of the investigation, officers determined the suspect had also broken into three other homes in the area.
All of the stolen items were returned to the rightful owners.
The suspect, a 20-year-old Kalamazoo resident, was arrested on charges of home invasion, resisting and obstructing arrest, possession of stolen property, and several outstanding warrants. The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review.
Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100.
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