A Michigan City man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly broke into the same home twice in the same day and removed items from the home according to police.
In a statement issued by the Michigan City Police Department, Sgt. Yagelski stated officers responded to a home on East Barker Avenue at Queen’s Apartments in reference to a burglary.
The victim, a 71-year-old elderly woman reported that she was sleeping on her couch when she was awoken at approximately 1:40 a.m. by a man standing over her.
The victim told police the man then grabbed her and they began to struggle. During the struggle, the victim managed to break free from the man and ran to a neighbor’s apartment to call the police.
When officers arrived at the home, the suspect had already left the scene and had taken items from the home.
While checking the home, officers found evidence that led them to believe the suspect damaged a screen and entered the home through an unlocked window.
Several hours later, the victim arrived back at her home to find a window had been broken and another window was once again opened.
Police once again responded to the home and with the assistance of the department’s K-9 officers were able to successfully track the suspect directly to his home.
When officers knocked on the home the K-9 officers led them to, the man who answered the door matched the description of the suspect the victim had seen in her home.
The suspect, then identified as 19-year-old KeJuan Harrison, was taken into custody and a search warrant was obtained to search his home.
During the search, officers found the items that were reported missing from the victim’s home.
Harrison was arrested and charged with burglary, however, more charges may be filed as the investigation progresses.
Harries was transported to the LaPorte County Jail where he was later released after posting a bond.
Fortunately, the victim was not injured during any of the incidents.
Officers recommend all residents to keep their doors and windows locked at all times and to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity in your area.