Suspect sought in 3 break-ins near Grand Junction

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities in Van Buren County are looking for the man who broke into three homes in Columbia Township Saturday.

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office says the break-ins happened between noon and 3 p.m. in the Grand Junction area.

In the first incident, an elderly woman called 911 and said a man had just broken into her home. She said she shouted at him after he got in, at which point he took off, getting into a car with a second person.

Authorities were soon informed of a second break-in only a short distance away from the first. In that case, a man returned home to find his door had been forced open and some of his belongings stolen.

There was also a third home invasion in the area. Details were not provided Sunday, but the sheriff’s office was still investigating whether it was linked to the others.

The suspect was described as about 5-foot-10 and 155 pounds with a thin build. He was wearing all black clothing. He and the other suspect were driving a compact, silver, four-door hatchback; possibly a Ford Escort or Focus.

Anyone with information or who may have seen the suspect or his vehicle is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 269.657.3101, Silent Observer at 269.343.2100 or Crime Stoppers at 800.342.7867. Tips may also be submitted via text message to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword VBCTIP.

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