Man crawls through dog door to break into ex-wife’s house

January 9, 2023

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Man crawls through dog door to break into ex-wife’s house

HART — A 37-year-old New Era man pleaded guilty in Oceana County’s 51st Circuit Court Monday, Jan. 9, to breaking and entering after crawling through a dog door to get inside his ex-wife’s Grant Township house.

Matthew Charles Dukes, of 2235 W. Cleveland Rd., also pleaded guilty to writing a check on a closed account in a separate case, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

After gaining access to the home, Dukes apparently completed some household chores. “It appears he took a shower; swept the floor; fed the dog; and took a check and maybe some other small items,” said Bizon. 

A probation sentence is expected, because his guidelines are 0-3 months for the no account check conviction and 0-11 months for the breaking and entering. “MCL 769.34 directs the court to order probation under these circumstances,” said Bizon.

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