Dog shot dead in Genesee Township home invasion in attempted marijuana theft
GENESEE TWP, MI – An investigation continues into a home invasion Thursday morning that left a dog injured in an apparent marijuana-related break-in at a home in Genesee Township.
The incident began shortly before 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 8 when officers from the Genesee Township Police Department responded to the 4000 block of Alder Drive near Genesee Road following a report of an invasion home.
It was there that police said a dog was shot by a suspect who was attempting to steal marijuana plants.
Lt. Robert Watters of Genesee Township said the dog and the marijuana plants were both outside the house.
It is not known if the suspect and the owner know each other.
The suspect had a gun in his possession, Watters said.
The owners confronted the suspect with a pistol, firing two shots but not in the direction of the suspect.
The dog was taken by the owners to a local veterinary clinic for treatment of his injuries. No word was immediately available on the dog’s condition.
A perimeter was set up to search for the suspect with the help of Genesee County Rangers and a lead led by a Michigan State Police K-9 unit. Assistance was also provided by paramedics from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
While searching for the suspect, a gun was located and marijuana was recovered by police.
A 20-year-old man from Genesee township matching the suspect’s description was briefly detained by police, questioned and released.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Genesee Township Police Detective Bob Roberts at 810-640-2000, ext. 1.