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When Bloomfield Township police officers responded to a home invasion report one afternoon this month, they found much more than expected.

Inside the residence in the 4000 block of Echo on April 10, officers “found a nude male ... moving furniture around,” police said in a statement. The scene nearby also was startling: overturned items, smashed china, broken doors and busted faucets that flooded rooms.

Officers arrested the alleged intruder, who is accused of causing damage estimated at more than $50,000.

But there was more to the story. Investigators learned the man, identified as Daniel Elliot, 53, of Rochester Hills, is a former relative of the resident at the home.

He apparently “gained entry into the home while the family was on vacation,” police said in a statement. “It appeared he had been at the house for a significant amount of time.”

Elliot was arraigned Wednesday on second-degree home invasion and malicious destruction of property charges, authorities said. He was given a $50,000 bond and lodged at the Oakland County Jail.

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