Deputies: Suspect arrested in Ionia County break-in

Ionia County
An undated photo of Robert John Briggs. (Courtesy of the Ionia County Sheriff's Office)

An undated photo of Robert John Briggs. (Courtesy of the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office)

SEBEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man accused of breaking into a home and stealing the homeowner’s car has been arrested Sunday, after authorities were searching for him.

Deputies say that Robert Briggs was located by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and then was turned over to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office.

The break-in happened around 6:15 a.m. Saturday in a home on South Keefer Highway near East Emery Road in Sebewa Township, near Portland. 

Homeowners reported to authorities that a strange man was inside their home. The homeowner came out with a pistol to confront the suspect, later identified as Briggs, 52, of Charlotte, deputies say. 

Investigators say Briggs attacked the homeowner. Shots were fired, but no one was hit.

Deputies say Briggs wrestled the homeowner’s pistol away, robbed him of his car keys and drove away with his car. 

Briggs is being held at the Ionia County Jail Sunday waiting for arraignment.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office thanks local citizens for the calls and tips they received that helped the case.

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