Investigators were called to a home on the south end of Peninsula Drive on the Old Mission Peninsula on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 around 2 a.m. when the homeowners awoke to the slam of their front door. A specific location has not been released.
According to Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Chris Oosse, the Peninsula Township residents caught a glimpse of the intruders running out their front door.
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A K-9 police team tracked one of the intruders to a home, where a 21-year-old man admitted to playing “Ding Dong Ditch” with a 20-year-old friend, a game in which pranksters ring a doorbell and run away. In this case, however, the suspect confessed to running through the couple’s home with his friend, and also told investigators that the friend stole a bottle of wine.
A few hours later, a nearby resident heard the sound of their garage door window shattering and called 911. Police linked the two crimes. Both men face charges for home invasion and malicious destruction of property.
The case is pending with the Grand Traverse County prosecutor. We’ll update this story with new information as it’s released.
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