Warren police arrested three people in connection to a home invasion in which a 71-year-old woman was tied up and robbed early Thursday.

The three were found with evidence allegedly taken during other break-ins, Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said. “We may have broken a (breaking and entering) ring.”

Two suspects, one armed with a baseball bat, broke through a window around 5 a.m. on the 26000 block of Falmouth, near 11 Mile and Hoover, Mills said.

“(The victim) woke up to a person in her bedroom, shining a flashlight in her eyes,” Mills said. “She was tied up and they demanded jewelry and money.”

The 71-year-old woman’s hands and feet were bound with “some sort of straps” while the suspects searched the bedroom for valuables, police said. One of the men mentioned they knew one of the victim’s four adult children.

The suspects then went through the woman’s purse in the kitchen, Mills said. They stole a cellphone, cash, rings, other jewelry and bank cards.

“She’s uninjured; she didn’t resist,” Mills said. Police later added that the victim indicated she complied out of fear for her life.

After the suspects fled, the woman was able to free her hands and dial 911.

Investigators unsuccessfully searched the area for the suspects, but received word after 5:30 a.m. that the woman’s debit card was used at a Super Walmart at 12 Mile and Van Dyke in Warren, about three miles from the crime scene. Officials responded to review surveillance footage and later released still images to the media.

While at the store, the suspects bought two Red Bulls, a lighter and received $20 cash back.

Investigators traced the victim’s cellphone and followed up on a tip from a citizen that three suspects were seen loading a Jaguar at an address in Center Line, Mills said.

Authorities stopped the car nearby at about 3:30 p.m. and inside “found proceeds from multiple breaking and enterings,” Mills said. The items included property alleged to have been lifted during another home invasion in which a woman in her 70s “was struck in the face with a shovel,” he added.

The three males were taken into custody.

A search warrant also was being executed in Center Line on Thursday, Mills said. Charges were pending; detectives are working to determine how many crimes the trio might have committed, he said.

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