Howard City homeowner confronts intruder in pole barn

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 8:39 am on Wednesday, September 05, 2012

REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP — Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a male intruder who broke into a pole barn in the Howard City area early Tuesday morning.

Deputies responded to the 22000 block of W. Almy Road after a reported breaking and entering at 3:15 a.m.

A resident was awakened and found someone in his pole barn. The homeowner approached the intruder and ordered the person out. While attempting to detain the suspect, the homeowner called 911. As deputies responded, the suspect fled on foot and was seen getting into the passenger’s side of a vehicle waiting nearby.

The area was unlit and the only description of the suspect who had been in the building was that he was a male, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and approximately 175 pounds. There was no description available of the driver of the vehicle. The vehicle was described as a dark colored car, possibly a two door, similar in appearance to a late 1990s Chevy Cavalier.

Deputies checked the area without success. The homeowner was not injured and sustained no loss, but was a victim of a theft in June.

Deputies and detectives are continuing to work with neighboring agencies regarding the ongoing thefts in the area. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office at (989) 831-7590 or the tip line at (989) 831-7593.

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