Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 --- 10:20 a.m.
Press Release from Green County:
January 17th, 2009 Deputies along with Monticello Police Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person attempting to make entry at a rural home located 1½ miles southeast of Monticello, in Mt. Pleasant Township.
Sheriff’s Dispatch received a phone call Saturday night at 10:18 p.m. from the homeowner advising a person had been in the garage and attempted to force entry into the occupied home by kicking at a door.
Deputies and the Monticello Police Department immediately responded and arrived within minutes of the call, while the Sheriff’s Dispatcher stayed on the phone with the caller.
Preliminary investigation revealed a lone male had initially entered an unlocked garage and attempted to enter the living area discovering the inside door that led into the house was locked. The suspect proceeded to the outside of the house and was seen carrying a handgun by one of the two adults that reside at the home. Once outside, the suspect made an unsuccessful attempt to enter by kicking a side door and apparently left the area prior to the officer’s arrival.
Upon arrival, responding officers did not see anyone outside and observed footwear impression that led away from the residence. The Sheriff’s Department Canine unit also responded, and was not able to track the suspect, as it appeared the person left in a vehicle. Follow up investigation included immediately contacting area homes to relay information of the incident and to ensure the suspect had left the area.
In another incident that occurred in the Village of Albany at about the same time, a vehicle owner observed a person inside their passenger car and the suspect fled on foot. The owner reported items were taken from the vehicle, which was parked in the driveway. The Albany Police Department is investigating and no firearm was observed in this incident.
The suspect in both incidents is described as a black male, six (6’0”) or taller, and wearing winter clothing. Authorities believe there is a possibility the two incidents may be related, and at this time it is not known if the locations were targeted, or a random act.
Anyone with information about these incidents are encouraged to contact the Green County Sheriff’s Department, Albany Police, or to remain anonymous, the Green County Crime Stoppers Program.
Sheriff Randy Roderick