Man arrested in connection with attempted home invasion in Caledonia

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CALEDONIA — A man wanted in connection with an attempted home invasion in Caledonia was taken into custody Monday, September 21st.

Verne Funk

Verne Funk

The incident all started at a home located on E. Frontage Road along I-94 in Caledonia — and it was thwarted by a 92-year-old woman!  It turns out the suspect is a neighbor, the elderly woman didn’t even know she had.

Her eyes have seen a lot over the last 92 years. So much so, that when 92-year-old Verne Funk heard a noise at her window Sunday afternoon…

“I wasn’t scared,” said Funk.

What she saw through the glass, didn’t seem to faze her.

“He looked like an ordinary person! He took the screen off and he was trying to get the window open,” said Funk.

“Took the window out of the garage, got in there. There wasn’t anything of any value,” said Jake Ehleiter, Funk’s grandson.

“I went to the window and I tapped on it — away he went,” said Funk.


Police were called and officials spent the next hour searching the wooded area around Funk’s home. They didn’t find the suspect, but they did find a 15×20 foot burned-out camper — parked close to Funk’s home about 50 yards away.

“They think it was a homeless guy. I didn’t know there was a camper back there,” said Funk.

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