VAN BUREN COUNTY—A Berrien County teenager is in jail after stealing a loaded gun and other items from a Van Buren County home Thursday.
According to Van Buren County Sheriff Dale Gribler, at 10 a.m. Thursday deputies responded to a report of a burglary that had just occurred in the 68000 block of Eagle Drive in Paw Paw township. The homeowner advised officers that he had left his residence for a short time and upon returning he entered his home, heard a noise and then observed an unknown male subject running from the rear of the residence.
The homeowner said he attempted to follow the person -- later identified as Daylan Kyle-Allen Williams, 19, of Niles Township in Berrien County -- but lost sight of him after the teen ran through a heavily wooded wetland area.
Police checked the surrounding area and a possible suspect was developed with information obtained from neighbors. During this time the homeowner discovered that items missing from his house included a loaded handgun, jewelry and a small amount of cash.
With information on the suspect's possible identity and location. Lt. Bryan Stump of the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau contacted detectives with the Berrien County Sheriff's Office and working in conjunction they were able to locate Williams in Niles Township. After interviewing Williams it was determined that he was in fact the person who had broken into the Van Buren County home and stolen the items.
The stolen property had to be tracked down because the handgun had been given to another person and the jewelry had been buried in the ground to avoid detection by investigators. All the property was recovered and returned to the homeowner.
Williams was arrested and is being held in the Van Buren County Jail. He was arraigned and charged by the Van Buren County Prosecutor's Office with home invasion and remains in jail awaiting trial.