(11/15/12) - Two women driving through a rural area with a 6-month-old baby, may face criminal enterprise charges for breaking into homes.
The women are behind bars after residents called 911 to report suspicious activity in western Saginaw County.
A Suburban was driving down Grabowski Road west of St. Charles. When police caught up with the Suburban, they found the two women, the baby, and a lot of electronics and jewelry.
"We always tells citizens, 'If things don't look right to you, call us,'" said Bill Federspiel, Saginaw County Sheriff.
Residents thought two women going door to door in Lakefield Township, looking for a particular person, didn't look right. 911 calls were made, and police stopped an SUV matching the description residents gave.
"We are talking about two females, younger, 19 and 20 years old, with a baby," Federspiel said. "How harmless could that look?"
But Federspiel says when the two Saginaw women knocked on doors and found no one home, they broke into the homes, taking televisions, laptop computers, jewelry, pots and pans and money. In all, $50,000 worth of stolen items were taken from three homes and found in that Suburban.
"They got food, they got six Wii games, they had my stepdaughter's $20 in tooth fairy money," said Angie Schramm.
Schramm says her home wasn't part of this alleged break-in spree. Her home was broken into two weeks ago and investigators believe the home invasion here is related to Wednesday's break-ins. They all happened on the same road.
"They had lot of guts walking through our house and pillaging through what they wanted to," she said.
Schramm says her dog was at the kennel when the break-in happened.
"Now she don't go in the kennel, now she's out all times," she said.
Federspiel says since the two women under arrest were working together, and there were at least three crimes, they could face criminal enterprise charges.
"We will take whatever measure is necessary to pin that continuing criminal enterprise on individuals that are going to band together, commit crimes and try to profit from it," Federspiel said.
The 6-month-old infant is the child of one of the suspects and is now in the care of Child Protective Services.
The two women are expected to be formally charged Friday.
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