Intruders pry open sliding glass doors to get into 2 Troy homes, man at 3rd house calls 911

Posted at 6:26 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 18:26:05-05

TROY (WXYZ) — People living in one Troy neighborhood are beefing up their home security and installing new cameras after police say intruders broke into two homes Saturday night and stole jewelry and electronics. The same intruders targeted a third house but police say a man, who heard them outside, turned on a light and it scared them off.

It happened Saturday between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Mayflower Drive and Bridle Path Drive, not far from East Long Lake Road and John R.

"We haven't had home invasions in a long time," said Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman who also released a photo of one of the suspects that was taken from a surveillance camera.

Sgt. Lehman said the intruders pried their way in through rear sliding glass doors.

"We are very worried," said one woman whose next door neighbor was targeted.

It appears the intruders targeted homes where they thought people wouldn't be home. And in one house, the intruders remained inside for an entire hour as if they knew they didn't need to be in any hurry to get out.

The man who called 911 said the person he scared off was wearing a black hoodie. He said he heard a male voice as the person called out to someone else as they ran off. Troy police said the houses targeted were locked up and some had security cameras.

Sgt. Lehman suggests people use a dowel rod that fits into the track of a sliding glass door or window. Security experts say to use a dowel rod effectively, it should only be a half-inch shorter than the track. And if you have a sliding glass window with a narrow track, you should try using a triangular rod.

Anyone with information on the man seen in the surveillance photo is urged to call Troy police at 248-524-3477.