By Scott Bolthouse
This story was updated Dec. 18 at noon.
A Huron Township resident linked to multiple burglaries is off of the streets, according to authorities.
Gary Foster, 28, was arrested Dec. 12 after he was involved in a Nov. 21 breaking and entering in the 32000 block of King Road.
Foster also broke into two other homes– one in the 32000 block of King Road on Dec. 13 and another in the 33000 block of King on Nov. 30.
According to Police Chief Everette Robbins, over the past few months, the Police Department has received numerous breaking and entering reports of barns, garages and sheds in the Vining and King roads and Huron River Drive area.
“We believe that this individual has victimized a large number of our residents dating back to the summer months. He would target, as much as he could, unlocked garages and outbuildings. It is a good time to remind residents to lock up their residences, cars, and garages. Criminals unfortunately are looking for easy prey, especially in rural areas,” he said.
“This was a total team effort between our Police Department and the community. It started with a couple of residents that cared enough about the community to call in and leave a tip about this individual. Our Officers and Detectives then put in long hours, over several days, of surveillance and follow up investigation to bring this to a resolution. They are not done yet.”
Initially, Foster was charged by the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney with a felony breaking and entering charge related to the first King Road home invasion.
On Dec. 18, Foster received two more felony breaking and entering charges related to the Dec. 13 and Nov. 30 burglaries. Foster will also receive multiple habitual offender charges.
“We are glad we could make this arrest now before our residents could be victimized during the holiday season when incidents like this tend to be on the rise. Hopefully we are continuing to send a message to criminals that we will do whatever it takes and use any resources necessary to stop this behavior. I know these arrests can never come soon enough for our victims, but we appreciate each of their support and patience,” Robbins said.
Police believe that Foster is not related to a recent burglary in the 31900 block of Pennsylvania Road that occurred Dec. 7.
One individual from that burglary was identified by police on Dec. 17, but has yet to be found.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Huron Township Police Department at 734-753-4400.