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Niles teen charged in Bertrand Twp. home invasion

Published 8:26pm Thursday, August 2, 2012

Nicole Blann, 19, of Niles, and Tyler Fletcher, 20, of Galien, have been charged with home invasion second-degree for allegedly entering a Bertrand Township residence.

According to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Rich Albers spotted a female driver, Blann, and vehicle near Galien-Buchanan and Boyle Lake roads acting suspicious at approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Albers then spotted a male suspect, Fletcher, running from a residence at 1635 Boyle Lake Rd. Albers learned he had interrupted a home invasion. Property from inside the residence was located outside near where Fletcher was seen fleeing.

K9 units from the Baroda/Lake Township Police Department and the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department tracked the suspects for more than two hours, but were unable to catch them.

Detectives were able to question Blann, and learned the identity of the two suspects responsible for the home invasion who ran. She was later released.

Several hours later, Fletcher gave himself up to Sheriff L. Paul Bailey by walking out of the wooded area nearby. The sheriff was responding to assist the deputies at the scene.

Blann later walked out of a field and up to a homeowner on Galien-Buchanan Road, approximately a mile from the original location, and requested to use the telephone. Her suspicious behavior and look made the resident uneasy, and he called to report her.

Both suspects were arrested, questioned and later lodged at the Berrien County Jail.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Department are following additional leads, which may show these two are responsible for more home invasions in Berrien County.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the public to report all suspicious activity.

This incident remains under investigation and the names of the suspects will be released in the near future.

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