Police searching for clues in Northfield home invasion 

  • Police responded to 115 Zion Hill Road for a report of a home invasion on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in which a suspect described as 6-foot-4 and weighing approximately 250 pounds had fled. GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Published: 8/3/2018 4:05:21 PM

Police are hoping to use surveillance footage and a stolen car to determine what happened during a reported home invasion in Northfield on Wednesday morning, but so far haven’t made any arrests.

Police have been on the lookout for two days for a man who reportedly broke into a home at 115 Zion Hill Road in Northfield and stole a laptop, cell phone and car. The homeowner described the suspect as a “large black man with facial hair” who was 6-foot-4 and weighed approximately 250 pounds, Northfield police Sgt. Michael Hutchinson said.

The 55-year-old resident said he was home alone Wednesday just before 9 a.m. when a stranger allegedly knocked on his door asking for help, claiming his vehicle was out of gas, police said. Once the stranger was inside, he allegedly began rummaging through items in the home, placing some – including a laptop and cellphone – in a duffle bag he brought with him.

The stranger allegedly threatened the man, saying he had a gun, and then stole the man’s 2010 Nissan Altima, police said.

The Nissan was recovered at the Canterbury park-and-ride off Exit 18 late Wednesday night. It was found undamaged and with the keys left inside, Hutchinson said.

Investigators had the vehicle towed to the Northfield Police Department, where it was searched for any evidence, Hutchinson said.

As part of the investigation, police were reviewing cruisers’ dash camera video, as well as surveillance footage captured on home cameras and at a local store near where the home invasion occurred, Hutchinson said. He said those videos, while depicting the car, showed no images of the suspect.

Police said they also searched a couple of possible leads Wednesday in Franklin, but came up empty-handed. Hutchinson said there were “pings” or signals sent between the victim’s stolen cellphone and towers in the area of the city, but that officers were unable to locate the phone or the suspect.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact Sgt. Hutchinson at 286-8982.

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