2nd break-in at Battle Creek senior home this month

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
battle creek northpointe woods thief 052319_1558640383132.jpg.jpg

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are searching for a man in connection to another break-in at a senior living center in Battle Creek.

According to NorthPointe Woods, the latest incident happened shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday. The suspect knocked on some residents’ doors, asking if he could “inspect the fire system” in their residences.

While residents did not open their doors, Battle Creek police say the thief broke into one apartment and stole a credit card and an undetermined amount of cash.

Staff alerted to the man questioned him and called police, but he ran away before officers arrived.

It’s the second time in less than two weeks that an unauthorized guest has gotten inside the building. Police say the thieves were different men.

NorthPointe Woods refused to make any security changes after the first break-in on the evening of May 6 when a 98-year-old woman’s purse and checks were stolen.

A letter was sent Monday by NorthPointe Woods management, saying staff is working with Battle Creek police on security training. The facility is also bringing in a private security consulting company to review the policies and procedures.

“We are appalled that dishonest individuals take advantage of the senior population,” said Ron Monte, executive director at NorthPointe Woods.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call police at 269.781.0911 or Silent Observer at 269.964.3888.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Know something newsworthy? Report It!

24 Hour News 8 Links