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Police: Halloween home invasion no treat for Alpena family

An Alpena man was in court last week accused of a Halloween home invasion, Michigan State Police reported Monday. A mother called police on Oct. 31 to report that a man she recognized came out of her house on French Road in Alpena Township when she returned from trick-or-treating with her children. The man ran away when she called his name, the woman told police.

Police identified James Tanner, 30, of Alpena, as the suspect. Troopers searched the area but were unable to find Tanner. A damaged debit card bearing Tanner’s name was found at the house. The door’s lock had been jimmied using such a card, police said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Tanner in November, while he was lodged in the Kent County Jail on unrelated charges. He was arraigned via videoconference in Alpena’s 88th District Court on Thursday, charged with second-degree home invasion after courts decided to not wait longer for Tanner to be released from Kent County, according to Lt. Derrick Carroll, information officer for the MSP Seventh District.

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