Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson is asking for the public's help tracking down a man suspected of being linked to two home invasions in Huron County.
Last Friday afternoon, Deputy Ryan Swartz was sent to investigate a home invasion that had just taken place.
Police said Jessica Brown, of Bad Axe, had just arrived at her fiancés home at 2551 Campbell Road in Meade Township, when she noticed a strange vehicle in the yard. Knowing that her fiancé, Dan Ritter, wasnt home, she continued to go to the house, which has a sign in front of it listing it for sale. While heading to the house, she heard a noise inside. A man, possibly in his late 50s, walked out of the house and asked her how much land went with the house. He said he was interested in buying it and after a short conversation, he eventually left, said police.
Authorities said Brown did not know or recognize the subject but described him as having longer white hair, scruffy facial hair and was about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing jeans and a white and black flannel shirt. She described his vehicle as an older green, rusty, full-sized Dodge Ram pickup truck. The bed of the truck was loaded with metal junk.
Brown went into the house and told deputies she found that the door had been forced open, and a loaded .22 gauge rifle was lying inside. She thought possibly the .22 rifle might have made the noise that she heard when she first arrived, as it was probably dropped on some cans. Nothing else appeared to be missing. Damage was confined to the door and door jamb. Police said Brown did not get a license plate number.
Evidence was gathered at the scene and one piece led Deputy Swartz to Cass City. He was able to get video of the suspect and his truck at a business, which was recorded around 2 p.m. in the afternoon. It was also learned that the man was asking about how to get to Bad Axe, which leads police to believe that he was not from the Meade Township area.
The following day, Swartz learned that a truck and man matching the description from the Campbell Road incident was seen at a vacant residence on Grassmere Road in Oliver Township. Dave Ferris, who lives next door to his daughters vacant home, told police he started walking down the road to confront the man who had been seen inside. Farris said he flagged the truck over and it stopped as it was trying to leave. Ferris told authorities the driver said he wanted to buy the house but Ferris told him it wasnt even for sale. The driver made statements to the effect that he was a mason and he could fix it up.
Hanson has asked media outlets to display the pictures of the man and truck, if possible. The truck may have lime-green pin stripes on it. Ferris told police the 2 wheel drive Dodge Ram has a plastic box liner and loud exhaust. Hanson said they think there may have been other incidents in addition to these two. He said witnesses claimed the trucks box was empty in Cass City and it had items in the back of it roughly a little over an hour later.
Anyone who recognizes or has further information about the vehicle or driver is asked to call 989-269-6421 and ask for a sheriffs deputy.