MSP: Northern Michigan homeowner watched live stream of masked intruder breaking in, stealing items

Donald Williams facing charges

Donald Jordan Williams (Michigan State Police)

OSSINEKE, Mich. – The owner of a house at a Northern Michigan hunting camp watched live on camera as a Detroit man broke into the home and took several items, state police said.

Troopers got a call around 2 p.m. March 27 about a break-in at a hunting camp in the Ossineke area, they said.

A homeowner told police that he lives downstate but had installed a cellular trail camera in his house at the hunting camp. He was watching live as a masked person took items from his house, according to authorities.

The intruder found the camera and took it while walking around the house and stealing other items, officials said.

A trooper was sent from the Alpena Post and saw Donald Jordan Williams, 25, of Detroit, leaving the residence through the back door, according to MSP. Williams was carrying multiple items, police said.

The trooper ordered Williams to stop and get on the ground, and he complied, authorities said. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Police said the stolen property was recovered.

Williams had been placed on parole in July 2021 for home invasion, according to officials.

He was arraigned Monday at 88th District Court and is charged with one count of second-degree home invasion and one count of larceny from a building.

Williams is being held at the Alpena County Jail on a $250,000 bond. The next court date is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. April 19.

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