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April 10, 2014

Home invasion suspect due in court

ELK RAPIDS — A retired Elk Rapids real estate agent faces a felony charge on accusations she walked into a Torch Lake Township home without permission and told a tale about an at-large pooch.

Ann Shirley Wilson, 74, ended her six-day stay in Antrim County’s jail on Wednesday after a bondsman posted her $150,000 cash or surety bond.

She’s suspected in a string of break-ins across the Grand Traverse region, crimes in which a suspect nabbed nicknacks and excused her intrusions with stories about her search for a lost dog’s owner.

Antrim County Sheriff Dan Bean said Wilson only faces one first-degree home invasion charge. She’s scheduled to appear today in 86th District Court for arraignment.

“There are more complaints that have been made on the same type of (crime),” Bean said.

Wilson couldn’t be reached for comment.

Court documents state on April 2 a Torch Lake Township homeowner told authorities a woman entered his Golden Beach Drive home without permission while he showered.

“When asked why she was inside his house, the woman reported that she was attempting to locate the owner of a dog she said was ‘at large’ on Golden Beach,” the documents state.

A sheriff’s deputy tracked down Wilson, a suspect in similar incidents in Elk Rapids. She denied taking items from the Torch Lake Township home, but acknowledged she entered other homes without permission and pilfered items, according to the documents.

“Wilson explained that after entering the other people’s homes that she had seen and ‘fallen in love with’ items that she then ‘had to have,’” the documents state.

The incident’s details, down to a lost dog story, echo another April 2 incident in which Wilson is a suspect — this time in Leelanau County’s Bingham Township.

Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich said he expects Wilson to appear Friday for arraignment on a charge from that incident. He said his deputies originally thought a medical issue might have contributed to the crime, but they now believe Wilson’s actions probably were deliberate.

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