BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - A Battle Creek man, 45, was arrested Tuesday after Battle Creek police said he apparently entered at least three residences.
Officers were called by a woman, 20, at 4:35 p.m. and told officers she had been driving a man in a car and believed he was breaking into homes and apartments. The woman told officers she and her mother saw the man outside the Taft Court Apartments and began to talk to him about his car, a 2013 Dodge Charger and the woman asked if she could test drive it sometime.
The man said she could and they left the apartments. She said they stopped at a gas station where the man stole a soft drink by putting it in his pants and then went to an apartment at the Arbors of Battle Creek on the city's south side. She said the man told her it was her brother's apartment.
No one was home and she said he took a computer part, some clothes and shoes and they left. Then they went to a house on Flora Lane which was for sale and he entered through an unlocked garage and then to some storage units on Knapp Drive.
When the man left the car the woman called police and said she had become afraid of the man and that he was apparently stealing from residences.
He was arrested and stolen items from the first apartment were found in the back of the car. He was charged Wednesday with breaking and entering.
Police believe he had broken into a residence on Taft Court before talking to the woman and he may be a suspect in other break-ins.
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