2013-01-23 / News

Burglary suspect arrested; may be responsible for string of break-ins near Dryden

DRYDEN TWP. — A suspicious homeowner led to the arrest of a 36-year-old Flint man Monday who Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. investigators believe may be responsible for eight or more burglaries in the Dryden- Almont area in recent weeks.

Sheriff Ron Kalanquin said a Hosner Road resident called Dryden Township Police Dept. Sgt. Shawn Peters after the suspect came to his home trying to sell a vacuum cleaner. He told Peters the man had left in a maroon SUV.

Kalanquin said Deputy Carl Sapp spotted a maroon SUV, driven by a man matching the suspect’s description, on I-69 about 20 minutes later.

Sapp reported finding jewelry and electronics in the SUV that matched the description of items taken from three other Hosner Road homes earlier in the day.

“We think we can link him to four more burglaries in the area,” said the sheriff.

He noted the suspect had been released on parole in November 2010 and was set to finish his parole in May after pleading guilty to four counts of seconddegree home invasion and one count of attempted safe breaking in March 2007.

Kalanquin said the suspect, who has yet to be arraigned, is a 5- foot-11, 230-pound black man with hazel eyes and a pierced left ear. He urged anyone who’s had contact with the man in recent days to call their local law enforcement agency.

— Phil Foley

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