Law enforcement is seeking the public's help in locating a man believed to be responsible for a series of recent burglaries in Alpena that occurred last week.
At approximately 4 a.m. on Wednesday, an unknown suspect broke into Nowicki's Sausage Shop located at 1224 N. Second Avenue in Alpena. Once inside the business, he then rummaged through several offices and stole an undisclosed amount of money from a safe.
Shortly after Nowicki Sausage Shop was broken into, officers were dispatched to The Variety Shop where witnesses saw a man attempting to break into the store. Police believe the man also attempted to break into two homes on Clark Street that same day.
At approximately 4:40 a.m. on Friday, troopers from the MSP Alpena Post were dispatched to a residence on Thunder Bay Avenue in Alpena Township for a home invasion and armed robbery. Upon arriving and investigating the complaint, it was determined that an unknown male suspect had entered the home without permission and confronted the 73-year-old female homeowner in her bedroom. When she questioned the man as to why he was in her house, he told her to shut up and then struck her in the head with a blunt object.
The victim fell to the floor with a severe injury to the head, with the man ordering her to stay there while he continued to ransack her home. Once he had stolen the items he wanted, he fled on foot from the residence.
Although a MSP Canine Unit from Gaylord was able to track the suspect a short distance from the residence, the track ended in an area parking lot where it is believed he may have had a vehicle parked. Due to the severity of the woman's head injury, she initially was treated at Alpena Regional Medical Center and then transported to a hospital in Saginaw for further treatment and possible surgery.
In all of the incidents above, the suspect appears to be a male between the ages of 20 to 30, 5-feet 4-inches to 5-feet 6-inches tall with a thin build. He wore a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head, a red cloth over his face, and blue jean pants. He also had somewhat of a deep voice in the last incident.
While investigators believe it is likely the same lone person is involved in all of the above burglaries and robbery, they are not dismissing the possibility of different suspects being involved. In addition, the possibility of multiple suspects being involved in one or more of these crimes is not being dismissed, even though only one suspect is known to have gone inside each building.
Anyone having information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers, Michigan State Police or the Alpena Police Department.