Sheriff’s Office: 3 break-ins Wednesday

BLOOMINGDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office is looking into three Wednesday break-ins in adjacent townships.

The first home invasion happened around 2:45 p.m. at a residence in the 52000 block of 24th Avenue in Columbia Township in northern Van Buren County.

An elderly male told sheriff’s deputies that he saw a blue or black full-sized SUV pull into his driveway. One or two people knocked on the front door. After no one answered, they put on masks and broke in through a rear door.

The elderly homeowner confronted the suspects when they came inside, and they took off, headed east on foot.

The other two incidents happened in the 36000 block of 6th Avenue near 36th Street in Bloomingdale Township. They are believed to have happened between 2:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., the sheriff’s office said.

Victims said they came home to find their houses had been ransacked. One resident said two guns and three flatscreen TVs were taken.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 269.657.3101, Crime Stoppers at 800.342.7867 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100 or 866.774.2345.

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