Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 9, 2013

Man accused in break-in

BY ANGIE JACKSON ajackson@record-eagle.com
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — DNA collected from a beverage container led authorities to charge a man they said wined, dined and made himself comfortable at a couple’s Fife Lake cabin.

Troy Albert Williamson, 44, of Ludington, is charged with second-degree home invasion and as a habitual offender after a Canton couple returned to their weekend cabin and discovered a “great deal” of alcohol and food had been consumed while they were away, according to court documents.

A Michigan State Police crime lab linked Williamson to DNA on a beverage can.

Williamson apparently smashed and unlocked a bathroom window to get inside, court documents show. It appeared he slept in one of the beds, said Grand Traverse sheriff’s Capt. Randy Fewless.

“Looks like he made himself at home,” Fewless said.

The couple told deputies they left the cabin on Oct. 31, 2011 and returned Nov. 4 to a mess that totaled $650 in damages.

Investigators aren’t sure how long Williamson stayed in the cabin.

“There’s a possibility that when the victims arrived home, that he may have still been in the house,” Fewless said.

Williamson’s criminal record includes convictions for writing bad checks, being a felon in possession of a firearm, vehicle theft, and burglary in Mason and Benzie counties, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Williamson absconded from parole before he was arrested in Muskegon, where he’s since been released. A parole agent said Williamson mentioned he traveled to Traverse City around the time of the reported break-in, court documents show.

Williamson had not been arrested for the Grand Traverse County case as of Friday.