PRESQUE ISLE - Police are investigating an ongoing series of break-ins near the western shore of Long Lake in Presque Isle County.
So far, 12 break-ins have occurred in the area, the first of which occurred around Feb. 3 and the latest around Sunday, Sgt. John Kasuba of the Presque Isle County Sheriff Department said. Most of the break-ins were in cottages or hunting camps, although a few were year-round residences where the owners weren't home at the time. Alpena County sheriff's deputies and Michigan State Police are assisting in the investigation.
"On some of the hunting camps, the suspects will cut the lock or chain or cable, whatever they have, and when they leave they put it back up to make it look like it's normal," Kasuba said.
Kasuba declined to say what items had been stolen, but said that alcohol was being left behind by the robbers.
Anyone with cottages or camps in the area should check on them, Kasuba said, and anyone who sees suspicious activities should call the police immediately.
"If they see a vehicle parked in someone's driveway that doesn't belong there, don't hesitate to call," he said.
The Presque Isle County Sheriff Department can be reached at 734-2156, the Alpena County Sheriff Department at 354-9830 and the Michigan State Police at 354-4101.
Jordan Travis can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 358-5688.