HURON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - Huron Township Police say they have arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with two home invasions that occurred Thursday.
Police say that in both cases children were inside the homes at the time of the break-ins.
Officers received a call about the first break-in at 12:54 p.m. The home invasion happened in the 25000 block of Waltz Road.
In that case, police say, a 13-year-old called to report that a man was trying to get into the home by removing a screen that was in an open window. Police were on the scene within 5 minutes and found the boy safe. The suspect had already left.
Less than 5 minutes after the first call came in, police received the call about the second home invasion. This one happened in the 19000 block of Sterling Street. In that case, a 16-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother were inside the home. They reported that some men were trying to force open the front door.
Police say that officers who were responding to the Waltz Road incident were rerouted to the Sterling Street incident. They were on scene within 5 minutes and found the children hiding in an upstairs closet.
A fire station is located across the street from the Sterling Street home. Two fire fighters who were monitoring the radio traffic from Huron Township Dispatch and heard the call about the home invasion were able to see the scene and give officers information about the suspect's vehicle.
A short time later, a resident who knew about the home invasions told police that they had seen the same vehicle picking up someone near the Waltz Road incident.
The investigation led police to the 28-year-old Detroit resident, who was taken into custody Friday morning. Police say they also recovered property that is believed to have been taken during the home invasions.
Police say they are confident that the suspect is responsible for both home invasions. However, they say they cannot link him to other recent home invasions in that area.
Police say that recently there have been at least three other home invasions where people have been inside the homes at the time of the incidents.
Police say those incidents are similar to the ones that happened on Thursday and the investigation will continue. Anyone with information is asked to contact Huron Township Police at (734) 753-4400.