Male admits to role in home invasion; holiday weekend quiet overall

A 15-year-old male dropped a large wad of cash near Cedar Village Apartments early Thanksgiving morning in front of East Lansing police, after which he broke down and admitted to robbing a home.

Police received a call of a suspicious person near Cedar Village Apartments, 1024 Waters Edge Drive, during the early-morning hours Thursday.

When officers responded, they found the juvenile subject and police drove him home, East Lansing Police Department, or ELPD, Lt. Tom VanDerWoude said.

Despite this incident and three other reported home invasions during Thanksgiving weekend, the ELPD said it was a relatively quiet Thanksgiving break.

VanDerWoude did not have a final count on weekend home invasions, but he weighed in on Thanksgiving break activity as of 3 p.m. on Sunday.

“I feel comfortable saying it’s been relatively quiet — nothing extremely out of the ordinary,” VanDerWoude said.

He said although only three home invasions were reported to police as of that time, more invasions likely would be reported Sunday night and Monday morning.

“I would anticipate, based on past experience, that the number will climb as more people get home from Thanksgiving break,” VanDerWoude said.

He said the three home invasions reported throughout the weekend were not at student residences. One occurred near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Harrison Road, another occurred near the intersection of Harrison Road and Saginaw Road, and the last home invasion occurred near Grand River Avenue and Harrison Road, ELPD reported at 3 p.m. Sunday.

On campus, MSU police generally do not see a large number of invasions during Thanksgiving break because most buildings on campus are locked, MSU police Assistant Director Tony Kleibecker said in a previous interview.

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