Police are currently investigating a possible connection between two incidents at adjacent houses on the 800 block of Elm Street in Graham.
At 10:30 p.m., Graham police officers responded to an attempted burglary report from a homeowner on Elm Street.
According to a press release from GPD, “the homeowner reported that after hearing the doorbell ring, he discovered a suspect in the process of trying to open a door.” The report states that once the homeowner became aware of the situation, the suspect broke a window at the residence while escaping.
Police said that the investigation is still ongoing, and the suspect is still at large. In a bizarre turn of events, officers were again dispatched almost three hours later to a structure fire next door to where the burglary was reported on Elm Street.
They arrived at the scene at 1:16 a.m. Friday, Feb, 28, with the Graham Fire Department arriving shortly thereafter. The fire started at an undetermined time between Thursday evening and Friday morning, and Fire Captain Greg Speck said it was difficult to determine when the fire began.
“The fire had already taken a deep seat in the house, and at that time of morning when traffic is light, there’s no telling how much time passed before someone drove by and noticed it,” Speck said.
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