By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Published Friday, March 13, 2020
A 46-year-old Detroit man was arrested Friday after he allegedly broke into a gas station in Huron Township and a butcher shop in Flat Rock.
Huron Township Police responded to the Chapp Oil Company Sunoco station located at the corner of South Huron and Waltz Road for a burglary alarm just after 4 a.m.
On arrival, officers observed the front glass door of the business to be broken.
The Huron Township Detective Bureau and Evidence Technician Unit immediately responded to the location.
Surveillance video showed the suspect damage the glass and gain entry by using a hammer.
The suspect stole cigarettes and a cash drawer from the business.
Huron police then received information from the Flat Rock Police Department that they had a similar incident happen at a business in their city early Friday morning.
After investigating the break-in, the Huron Township Detective Bureau took the suspect into custody at his house in Detroit at 11:45 a.m. Friday.
The Michigan Department of Corrections Parole and the Gibraltar Police Department assisted during the arrest.
The suspect’s vehicle, as well as property stolen during the break-in, was recovered at the suspect’s residence.
He was interviewed by detectives and admitted to breaking into both businesses, said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.
“I am extremely pleased with the direction that this investigation took right from the onset. We used every resource available to us and are appreciative of the Michigan Department of Corrections Parole Division and the Gibraltar Police Department for their assistance with this investigation,” Robbins said.
The suspect’s identity is being withheld pending formal charges from the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney.
He is being held in the Huron Township Police Department jail.
Robbins said that it’s possible the man may have committed a similar crime at a third business.
“We have information to believe that there may have been a third business victimized sometime within this time period. We would ask any jurisdiction that may have had a similar incident to reach out to us for more information.”