A 26-year-old Marquette man could end up behind bars for 15 years for breaking into a residence in the downtown area of Marquette.
According to the Marquette Police Department, Douglas John Fitzpatrick was arrested February 18. He’s charged with breaking into a residence in the 500 block of West Washington Street. Police say an investigation revealed that Fitzpatrick had been at the residence, visiting with the victim on January 14th.
Police say the victim needed to leave the residence and not only told Fitzpatrick he was leaving, but also asked Fitzpatrick to leave. Fitzpatrick reportedly complied.
After an absence of a short time from the home, the victim returned to find the residence had been broken into – and property had been stolen. The suspect had gained entry through a window.
During the course of the investigation, Marquette City Police Detective Captain Gordon Warchock says police learned that Fitzpatrick had discussed the crime with several people – prior to the incident. That information, along with other statements and evidence, was used to authorize a charge against Fitzpatrick of “Home Invasion – 2nd Degree.”
The felony charge is punishable by up to 15 years and/or a $3,000 fine.