Hastings Police: Shooter scare, SUV theft likely linked

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HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD)- Police are investigating a possible link between a man who ran into a home, claiming he was about to be shot and another crime about a half-mile away.

The home invasion happened around 7:45 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of West Walnut Street. Police said the resident told them they believed the man who was claiming a shooter was after him was possibly intoxicated. The resident said their car alarm went off while the man was inside their home. However, the car keys were not inside the vehicle. The resident said the man eventually left.

About 40 minutes later, officers were called to the 100 block of Village Drive on a report of a stolen vehicle. Officers said the victim noticed his Jeep was missing after gathering with some friends.

Police later found the SUV in the 400 block of West Marshall Street.

Officers believe the two incidents are connected. The suspect in the home invasion is described as a white male in his late teens or early 20s with short blond hair and a think build. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information in these cases is encouraged to call police at 269.945.5744 or Silent Observer at 1.800.310.9031.

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