Assistant school principal charged in Troy home invasion

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A Troy middle school's assistant principal has been charged with breaking into a home and stealing $40 while searching for prescription pills, police said.

Amy Lee Buchanan, 47, was charged Saturday in 52-4 District Court with second-degree home invasion, according to Troy police officials. The crime is a felony and if convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison or a $3,000 fine or both. 

A court magistrate set her bond at $500 and scheduled her next court appearance, a probable cause conference, for next week Thursday

Police said officers were called at about 7 p.m. Friday to a home on Booth Road near Livernois and East Square Lake Road to respond to a report of a possible home invasion.

The home's owner received an alert at about 4:30 p.m. from a security company that a video camera detected movement inside the residence, according to authorities.

The owner reviewed the footage, which showed a woman walking through the home and looking through a purse and drawers, police said. The owner called police and reported that $40 was taken from the home.

Officials said the homeowner later identified the woman captured by the camera as Buchanan. The owner also told police Buchanan may have been familiar with the home because she had driven a student to the residence earlier in the day.

Police contacted Buchanan and arrested her for home invasion. During questioning, she told investigators she was looking for prescription pills in the house, according to authorities.

According to the Smith Middle School website, Buchanan has been the school's assistant principal for 10 years.

Buchanan school portrait

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