Chesterfield Township police say the apprehension of several individuals accused of breaking into cars in the community was among an unusually high volume of arrests last weekend.
The car break-in suspects were five of 16 arrested from midnight Friday to Monday morning--overlapping the time frame a search took place for a kidnapping suspect.
"Over the weekend, and behind the scenes of the highly publicized manhunt for Jonathan Elbers, the Chesterfield Police Department was determined to provide the daily service and protection our community has come to expect," township Detective Sgt. Deron Myers said Wednesday.
That amount of arrests--pertaining to crimes like drugs, assaults and drunken driving--is more reflective of spring and summer trends in the community, Myers said.
“It’s a relatively busy, if not one of the busiest weekends that we’ve had so far this year, but historically speaking as the weather warms up this becomes commonplace," he said.
Carriage Way Cars Targeted
According to police, at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday residents in the Carriage Way mobile home community at 24 Mile and Gratiot reported to police that three males were breaking into cars.
Officers responded and arrested three people and recovered several electronic items snatched from different vehicles. They were charged with larceny from a vehicle, a 5-year felony, in 42-2 District Court in New Baltimore. They were held in lieu of $5,000 cash bonds. Police said the suspects are:
- Casey O’Connor, 18, of Clinton Township
- Marteze Stewart, 22, of Detroit
- Marquise Stewart, 19, of Warren
Car alarms ring in Cotton and Sugarbush area
According to police, at approximately 1 a.m. Monday, residents of Rachid Lane in the Cotton and Sugarbush area called police after car alarms sounded and inviduals were seen running in the area.
Responding officers boxed in the two suspects in the neighborhood, ultimately chasing them down by foot. One of the suspects, a 19-year-old New Baltimore man refused to comply with police and was Tasered. The second suspect, a minor, was found hiding in nearby bushes and taken into custody, police said.
Police found GPS equipment, money and jewelry taken from neighborhood vehicles with the suspects who admitted to using a smart phone app that scans police radio transmissions while they broke into cars, police said.
The suspects are:
- Sean Grimsley, 19, of New Baltimore, was arraigned Monday on charges of resisting and obstructing an officer, a 2-year felony; police scanner use in the commission of a felony, a 2-year felony; breaking-and-entering vehicle to steal property worth $200- $1000, a 1-year misdemeanor and minor in possession of alcohol. He was given an additional $50,000 cash bond for five separate probation violations, according to authorities.
- A 16-year-old Chesterfield Township suspect was processed and released to family while charges are pending, authorities said.