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February 1, 2014

Man faces charges for 2011 break-in

TRAVERSE CITY — A Northport man is scheduled to appear in court more than two years after authorities said he broke into a woman’s home.

James Alan Chippewa, 44, is charged with third-degree home invasion, a five-year felony.

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Department responded to a complaints from a woman who said someone broke into her Northport home and took coins and a mountain bike on Aug. 17, 2011.

“The initial investigation didn’t turn up much useful information,” said Leelanau County Undersheriff Steve Morgan.

Deputies received a new tip about the case in November 2013, Morgan said. They investigated a transaction at Bay West Antiques in which Chippewa pawned the Northport woman’s coins and a gold pendant, Morgan said.

Morgan said Chippewa made some admissions about being partially responsible.

Chippewa hadn’t been arrested as of Friday afternoon, but a warrant is authorized and his arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 7.

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