Home invasion suspects arrested

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:01 PM

The three masked men fled a Dennis Street residence early Wednesday morning when the occupant reportedly confronted them at gunpoint, said Det. Sgt. Bruce Morningstar of the Fruitport Township Police Department.

Township police, Norton Shores Police and a canine unit from the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department took the three men into custody after a brief search following the 6:45 a.m. call.

Police responded to a call for help at a residence on Dennis Street in the Village of Fruitport after the three men, wearing bandanas to cover their faces, tried to force their way into the home, Morningstar said.

The occupant yelled that he had a gun, at which point one of the suspects said he had a gun too and pointed it at the occupant, Morningstar said.

No shots were fired and nobody was injured. The three suspects fled the area on foot.

They are now lodged at the Muskegon County Jail.

A follow-up investigation resulted in the recovery of a handgun, which turned out to be stolen, with several other guns, from a separate home invasion on East Fruitport Road the same night, the detective said.

A search warrant executed on a South Brooks Road home turned up guns, ammunition and other valuables believed stolen from several homes and vehicles in the area.

The items were taken from homes on Dennis Street, Douglas Street, Brooks Road, Leisure Lane and East Fruitport Road.

Police are also investigating whether the suspects may be involved in other incidents in the immediate and surrounding areas.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Fruitport Township Police at 231-865-8477 or Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME.

Victims who have questions about recovered property should call the Fruitport Township Police Department.

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