September 26, 2013GROSSE POINTE SHORES — A thunderstorm left town last week before police could arrest it for attempted breaking and entering.
The swift-moving storm blew its cover shortly before 5:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, with a lightning flash and thunder clap.
A few minutes later, Grosse Pointe Shores public safety officers investigated a burglar alarm at a house in the 600 block of Lakeshore at Renaud.
Officers discovered large pieces of brick and mortar on the front lawn.
They also saw pieces missing from the rear of the house’s middle and tallest of three chimneys.
“It appeared there was a possible lightning strike,” according to an officer. “It blew out 1/4 of the chimney.”
“The brick and mortar slammed and bounced off the roof, setting off the alarm before falling to the ground,” according to another officer.
There were no injuries, police said.
— Brad Lindberg