Elderly woman describes traumatic break-in

By Ali Monsen

Published 07/30 2014 05:02PM

Updated 08/01 2014 11:56AM

MILLCREEK, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – An 82 year-old woman is baffled and traumatized after a stranger broke into her home, pushed her around, and accused her of stealing his bicycle.

"I was afraid. I didn't know what he was going to do—what he was going to do to me or my house or anything," said Gennie, the victim, who did not want to publicize her last name.

The woman is still confused by what the intruder accused her of.

"I asked him what's going on, and he said, 'You stole my bike!'’ Gennie said.

That is when the intruder allegedly tore open Gennie’s screen door and entered her apartment.

"He pushed me over the arm of the chair, and I landed in the chair,” she said.

Then Gennie watched, as the man rummaged through her home.

"He went over and stood by my grandfather clock, and looked at it for a little while, and I just thought, 'Oh please, don't let him break up my clock!'" Gennie described.

The elderly victim says within a few minutes, the man realized Gennie did not have whatever he was looking for. The suspect left the same way he came in; then, made his way out of apartment complex.

"We got the call shortly after that had happened,” said Lt. Justin Hoyal, with the Unified Police Dept. We had several officers that responded to the area, began searching for the suspect. Fortunately, we were able to locate him about 800 W. 3900 S., walking down the road,” he said.

Police booked the suspect—59 year-old Glenn VanHoutin—into jail on several charges, including “aggravated burglary” and “resisting an arrest.”

Gennie says it is comforting the man is now behind bars.

"He acted like he was on drugs or nuts or something!" she said.

But the elderly woman is still worried sick about her dog, Coco, who slipped out of the apartment during the traumatic break-in.

"She's kind of a grayish-brown and white Shih Tzu,” Gennie said. "I just want my dog back,” she sobbed.

If you are in the Millcreek area and see the lost dog, Gennie asks that you contact the Unified Police Department as soon as possible.

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