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Lansing Police Arrest One in East Side Break-in Spree

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Lansing Police Arrest One in East Side Break-in Spree

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Apr 18, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr 19, 2012

Lansing Police have arrested one man and issued warrants for two others they believe are behind a rash of home break-ins on the city's east side.

More than 20 homes have been burglarized in less 40 days, according to investigators.

They say thieves are smashing windows and kicking doors to get inside.

With a home on Clemens, William Faunt is in the heart of the crime spree. The Lansing man says this isn't the first time he's seen trouble on his street.

"In the last month we've had four drive by shootings," he said. "From the house right down by that truck, all the way up to our house was hit by bullets."

Public Information Officer Robert Merritt with Lansing Police says the burglars are waiting until homeowners are away. They're after small items, he says, not things like TVs or computers people most often associate with break-ins.

"They picture a burglary and a Uhaul being pulled up and things being taken out in mass," Merritt said. "What we're talking about with the East Side burglaries is enough to fit in your arms and pockets and out the door."

According to Lansing Police, the crime spree may be over soon. Alert residents are helping detectives close in on those responsible.

"We were able to get some warrants out and we actually have one person in custody," Merritt added.

Police arrested 17-year-old Damien Lee Lang on Sunday. He was arraigned Wednesday on a felony count of home invasion. A judge set his bond at $4,000.

"I guess from now on we better be careful and be vigilant," East Side resident Benito Zamora said.

"Everybody's keeping their lights on at night and if they hear something they all come out," Faunt added.

If you come home and think someone may have broken in, Lansing Police say you should never go inside. Instead, call 911 and let officers make sure your home is clear.