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      Home invasion suspect uses missing dog as trick to steal

      Investigators believe the suspect uses a lost dog as a ruse to steal items.

      The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office is warning residents after a woman returned home to find a stranger inside.

      The homeowner found the intruder in her Bigham Township home last week. The suspect said she was looking for evidence of a dog inside the home, because her dog was missing.

      Investigators believe the suspect uses a lost dog as a ruse to steal items. Officials believe the woman may be knocking on doors and if there is no answer, enters the homes. If someone answers, she most likely tells them she is looking for a dog.

      Since the original story broke, the Sheriff's Office reported that the woman was suffering from dementia and didn't mean to break into the home. That has turned out to be incorrect.

      The Sheriff's Office says they have communicated with the Antrim County Sheriff's Office and found the woman was arrested for similar incidents on Thursday.

      The 74-year-old woman is being held in the Antrim County Jail.

      Authorities believe she may be responsible for incidents like these in Leelanau, Antrim and Grand Traverse County.

      If anyone had an older woman knock on their door looking for a dog or found someone in their home recently, they are asked to call the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office at 231-256-8800. Witnesses to the Bingham Township home invasion reported the woman was driving a white 2012 Cadillac SRX.