UPDATE: Man behind bars after moving into someone else's seasonal home

Published: Feb. 11, 2020 at 9:33 PM EST
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A suburban Detroit man has been arrested in northern Michigan after authorities say he moved into a seasonal home belonging to someone else.

The Charlevoix County sheriff's office says Tuesday that Jeffrey Donius, 55, is charged with home invasion.

He is from Shelby Township, north of Detroit. Deputies found the man living in a home in Bay Township, about 265 miles northwest of Detroit.

The sheriff’s office says the property owner’s belongings were moved out of the house, the locks were changed, and a new mailbox was put up.

The homeowners got suspicious when they noticed the temperature on their smart thermostat had been raised.

"It's common to have seasonal residences broken into and us not be made aware until spring. However, to have someone case a residence to keep documentation of if someone is home and to be able to obtain personal information, that's something that we don't typically see," said Sargeant Nate Kaminski, of Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office.

Police are not sure how long Donius was living inside the house.

Deputies also recovered property reported stolen from a home in a nearby community.

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