2013-07-11 / Front Page

Area man charged in store break-in

Anonymous caller alerts police to alleged break in

MANISTIQUE – An 18-year-old Manistique man was officially charged Wednesday in connection with an alleged breaking and entering Monday at Ace Hardware store in Manistique. The incident, which was reported to police by an anonymous caller, involves three other suspects, all of whom are juveniles.

Thomas Rogers, 18, of 203 Schoolcraft Ave., appeared in 93rd District Court for his arraignment. He was charged with: breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny, a felony carrying a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison; minor in possession, a misdemeanor carrying a maximum punishment of up to $100, community service, and substance abuse services; and malicious destruction of property of less than $200, a misdemeanor carrying a maximum punishment of 93 days in county jail and/or a fine of up to $500.

According to a press release from Manistique Public Safety Department, officers responded to a report of suspicious activity at the store, located on Deer Street, at approximately 4:22 a.m. An anonymous caller had reported driving by the business and observed a ladder propped upright against the side of the building.

Upon officers’ arrival at the scene, an area search revealed two juvenile males hiding nearby. The suspects were taken into custody.

Officers discovered damage to the store’s greenhouse and roof. As investigation continued into the morning hours, an additional juvenile and Rogers were also placed under arrest.

The three male juveniles, ranging in ages from 14 – 16 years old have charges pending with the Schoolcraft County prosecutor. Two of the juveniles were transferred out of Manistique to secure juvenile detention facilities.

The third was remanded to the custody of his parents.

In the release, Manistique Public Safety Department Director Ken Golat expressed appreciation to the anonymous caller who alerted the police to the incident and possibly prevented additional damage or burglaries to the downtown Manistique area.

The department is reminding citizens to report suspicious activity or behavior to 911.

Rogers will appear for a preliminary hearing in district court on July 24 at 2 p.m. As of Wednesday, he remained lodged at the Schoolcraft County Jail with a $5,000 bond.

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