Neighborhood watch efforts made following homicide, break-ins

Posted at 8:56 PM, Apr 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-06 21:02:45-04

SIDNEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — As the Michigan State Police crime lab continues to process and analyze both forensic and physical evidence collected from the home of an 80-year-old homicide victim, community members in Sidney Township are taking steps to help make their neighborhood safer.

Sidney Township Supervisor Terry Peterman tells FOX 17 a meeting was held Monday evening attended by residents of the Nevins Lake community, and they are taking steps to reinstate a neighborhood watch program following the murder of Alan ‘Dale’ Nelson.

Alan 'Dale' Nelson (Courtesy Photo)

Alan ‘Dale’ Nelson (Courtesy Photo)

The grandfather was found dead in his home in the 500 block of Nelson Drive on March 30.  State police investigators have said there is evidence of a home invasion at Nelson’s residence, along with break-ins at three other homes in the immediate area.

Michigan State Police detectives have reason to believe the homicide took place sometime between Sunday evening, March 29, and Monday morning, March 30.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department is also assisting State Police investigators with tips and leads they’ve received at the Lakeview Post since the homicide took place.

Detectives are asking the public for continued assistance with helping solve these crimes, asking anyone with information to contact the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post at 989-352-844 or Silent Observer at 1-866-774-2345.