Break-in suspect stuck at scene

ST. IGNACE – A breaking and entering suspect was apprehended when she unintentionally locked herself in her vehicle without the car keys.

Michigan State Police Trooper Fred Strich of the St. Ignace Post said troopers responded to a report of a break-in at Chamberlin’s Inn in Mackinac County’s Portage Township at 7:35 a.m. Monday.

Upon arrival, troopers found that a breaking and entering had occurred and the suspect had locked herself in a vehicle and was still at the scene.

The investigation determined that the suspect entered Chamberlin’s Inn, which was occupied by two overnight guests, and stole numerous items, such as food, dishes silverware and other consumable goods, Trooper Strich said.

During the course of the theft, the suspect unknowingly lost the keys to the vehicle, and after loading and getting into it, realized she was locked inside because the door latches were broken, Strich said.

The suspect needed the keys to roll the window down to use the exterior latch to open the door, thus was stuck inside the vehicle until law enforcement arrived, he said.

The 42-year-old Curtis woman was arrested for home invasion, and larceny in a building and lodged in the Mackinac County Jail pending arraignment on Tuesday in Mackinac County District Court.

Troopers from St. Ignace were assisted by troopers from the Sault Ste. Marie Post.