Accused Burglar Arraigned in $1M Jewelry Heist

The third person involved with a burglary involving $1 million worth of jewelry was arraigned in the City of Grosse Pointe court. He faces up to life in prison because of his criminal history.

A third person was arraigned in the court late Friday in connection with the Sept. 3 .

Matthew S. Sedgeman, 19, of Detroit, is charged with second degree home invasion, larceny of $20,000 or more and with being a habitual offender. He is accused of actually breaking into the home through a window. 

The couple arraigned Thursday were accused of receiving the stolen jewelry and then trying to pawn it for cash. They were arrested when they attempted to cash a sizable check at a Chase Bank on Cadieux at Harper.

The investigation continues by detectives. A fourth man was arrested late Thursday during the raid of a third home, Director of Public Safety Stephen Poloni said Friday. The fourth man has not yet been charged but investigators believe he is the other person who broke into the home, he said.

Sedgeman faces up to life in prison because of the habitual offender enhancement filed by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in the case. The second degree home invasion count normally carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison while the larceny count is up to 10 years in prison.

The habitual offender count may be filed in cases involving defendents with three or more previous felony convictions.

Detective Alan Gwyn highlighted Sedgeman's criminal history during the arraignment and expressed his concern of Sedgeman being a flight risk due to the seriousness of the offense and potential punishment.

Sedgeman has felony convictions in Wayne County for second degree home invasion and larceny of a building from March 2011; and larceny from a motor vehicle in November 2010.

He also has a case from Eastpointe, Gwyn said, in which he was given a plea with HYDA--Holmes Youthful Trainee Act--a Michigan law that allows young offenders without a criminal history to serve a sentence and have the case dismissed after successful completion of all the terms. The idea is to allow the young person the chance to avoid having a criminal history.

Judge Russell Ethridge set a $500,000 cash surety bond requiring that he pay 10 percent as a guarantee he'll return to court. Sedgeman asked the judge to set it lower, but Ethridge declined citing Sedgeman's criminal history, his unstable living environment and his potential to be a flight risk.

Additionally, Ethridge ordered Sedgeman to be tethered to his home in Detroit if he makes bond and is released.

Sedgeman is the brother of the first man arraigned--Joshua A. Sedgeman, 20, also of Detroit. Joshua Sedgeman is charged along with his girlfriend, Alaina R. Robinson, 26, of Detroit, with receiving and concealing more than $20,000 in stolen property in the case.

During Joshua Sedgeman's arraignment, he said he received a phone call about the jewelry and he did not know it was stolen. The judge told him the fact that the call was at 3 a.m. should have been a red flag.

Detectives have recovered a lot of the stolen jewelry but not all of it. Some was recovered at a pawn shop, more was recovered at one of the two homes originally raided by the Grosse Pointe-Harper Woods Special Response Team--the SWAT team--and then more was also recovered at a third home that was raided Thursday night, Poloni said.

Allison D'jane September 10, 2012 at 01:32 AM
PLENTY of people grow up in circumstances less than favorable, PLENTY of people grow up abused and neglected--and PLENTY of those people who suffered (just as you claim these two did) are smart enough to realize that they don't want continue the cycle of crap living, and do something positive about it. The easy, lazy way out is to blame 'the system.' The easy, lazy way of life--stealing, violent thugging--is what these guys chose. They clearly weren't interested in bettering themselves or society, and they'll pay for their dumb choices, as they should.
Mark September 10, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I couldn't agree more. Prisons are essentially large ghettos where you even still have access to drugs. For people like this it is no real deterrent. Also April the system didn't fail him his worthless parents did as well as his brain cells. I saw that video clip on his brother's profile. The synapses were surely not firing.
GP For Life September 10, 2012 at 01:33 PM
We need penal colonies. I am sure we could find some uninhabited island in the Great Lakes to use.
John Chronos September 10, 2012 at 02:38 PM
GP for Life is inspired! But too demanding in his specifications. Who needs an uninhabited island? According to the population maps that Mayor Bing's people have put together, there are huge uninhabited swathes of Detroit available for productive use. Camps could be established for prisoners, who could in turn lay claim to patches of land, which title would revert to them upon completion of a certain period of residency (e.g., sentence). And, no, I'm not thinking of a pair of Kurt Russell/John Carpenter movies here... although these might serve as inspiration if worst came to worst.
Todd September 10, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I don't have any hatred for this kid. He didn't commit a violent crime (this time). But, you have to ask three basic questions: 1- Why has this kid had so many serious legal problems that resulted no real punishment? 2- Will anybody ever forget the stupid face tattoo? Good luck hanging around the Pointe's. You branded yourself dummy. 3- If the arguments from Robert Jordan and April P are true (I'll give them the benefit of the doubt), then Matthew needs rehabilitation. That is the sole purpose of our prison system. If that system is failing, well, perhaps that should be the debate? Not this nonsense about "he had a rough go and its just one little $.5M jewel heist, relax man..."
Robert Jordan September 10, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I'm Joshua and Matthews great uncle these boy's were locked upstairs all day and night given little food and like April said child protective service's did nothing for year's and when they did Matthew was in a home where he was heartened and almost died the head of the foster home was a sheriff and no charges were ever filed the father delivers crack for a living and has gotten custody of Matt's little sister and 2 little brothers and they are being treated the same and once again child protective refuses to do anything so expect to see one of them in the news sooner or later it's a shame children have to live like this but the system has failed these kids before and it's failing them again now
Mark September 10, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Is there any doubt that as a rehabilitation system it is failing? It is a system of separation and not rehabilitation. To think otherwise would put you in the IQ category of Allday DayDay.
GP For Life September 10, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Wayne County Sheriff?
Robert Jordan September 10, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Chelsea September 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I know them personally too, there parents were drug addicts and didn't care about them.. Shoot the mom had like 10 kids.. They were always dirty wearing dirty clothes.. There house looked like a garbage dump.. It was so bad they even had to tear it down when they left.. I feel so bad for Matt this is terrible. He was such a sweet innocent kid :( the parents should of quit having so many kids... I guess thats what happens when they just want to live off welfare the rest of their lives..
Chelsea September 11, 2012 at 12:14 AM
There nother passed away 5 years ago, so you know it has to be hard on them all too. I just feel like you shouldn't give a 19 year old a life sentence its not like he killed somebody or raped somebody.. this is crazy.. Yea they have always been in trouble even in elementary school they were always kicked out. But thats the parents fault. Shame on you Tammy & Yale you ruined your kids lives.. I wonder how Yale feels now..
GP For Life September 11, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Why am I not surprised?
Bill September 11, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Do the crime do the time, anybody who says property crime is not serious is kidding themselves, you can be killed breaking into houses. Sure this cat had a hard life but how many times does it take, 3 strike loser through the book at him. Sorry if you don't like my thoughts
FarmsResident September 11, 2012 at 03:39 AM
So true Bill. No pity party for these losers.
ALDANTE FOSTER September 11, 2012 at 04:21 AM
IM PRAYING WITH YOU AND FOR YOU.SOMETIMES WE GET LOST AND YES THERE IS CONSEQUENCE,BUT I KNOW HOW TO FORGIVE AND FORGET.BLESS YALL.BUT THERE IS HOPE PS, DANTE......L O V E : Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, not rude, not self seeking, not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.-1Cor13:4-8
Yale Sedgeman September 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM
I just wanna add to Mr. Jordan's comment on how your bashing on the dad of these kids and their lifestyle. Well if you wanna go and bash on dad, why don't you tell how you just lied to the city of Detroit and sued them for you "falling" on the sidewalk when in reality you fell down on upstairs, or maybe how you have NOTHING to do with your kids, or should I say they want nothing to do with YOU!!! I may not be the " perfect" dad, but no one is. You bashing me for the kids being in jail, I DON'T THINK SO, they are old enough to make their decisions in life. Perhaps going back to the psych ward may do you GOOD! Have I failed to mention, I drive a tow truck and keep jobs, what do you do for work, claim your disabled to collect SSI benefits. Perhaps you should look at your life and stop dragging me into crap!
GP For Life September 11, 2012 at 12:41 PM
You're not a good debater, sir. I would suggest that you do all you can to help your sons at this point something, it would seem, you've failed to do thus far. I can't confirm or deny any of the allegations made against you on this forum but if half of them are true you have truly failed at life. The good news is that it is never too late. Stand tall before the man with your sons and plead their case and try to take some of the responsibility.
Mark September 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Yale I'm unclear from your statements on whether or not you are the father of these children. Is anyone who is friends or family of those accused literate? Your other comment below says your kids are well taken care of but I would have to take issue with that sir if they are the ones facing life in prison.
Chelsea September 11, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Oh I have a clue alright, I lived right across the street from you guys.. And it was disgusting, CPS should of took all of the kids and none of this would of happened.. you should be ashamed of yourself... Poor kids ruined there lives BECAUSE OF YOU & TAMMY
Mark September 11, 2012 at 02:57 PM
So where do you think things went wrong? The loving familial environment you provided didn't seem to steer him on the correct course. How did Josh end up being unable to write legibly or speak anything but guttural pidgin? Oh and become a drain on society.
Todd September 12, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Well Mark... I'll use less complicated words for you. He should go to jail. If you want to help him, then fix the prison system. Don't let him run around our city. Maybe one of the nice ladies down at Kerby School can help you with the phonics?
Mark September 12, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Todd perhaps you are the one with the comprehension problem since you clearly missed my entire point. At no time did I misunderstand you or decry that this person needs help not prison. In fact, I'm rooting for these miserable wretches to get slapped down fairly hard. The only point I raised with your comment was that I disagree that its sole purpose is rehabilitation because we merely separate inmates from society and do nothing in the way of rehabilitation during incarceration. So I wouldn't go so far as to say you need to go back to Kerby for basic phonics lessons but perhaps a reading comprehension course for adults.
Sideliner September 13, 2012 at 08:28 AM
I heard josh girlfriend is pregnant,isnt josh hiv positive..i feel for them .....
Red Bone Btc! September 15, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Criminals Dumb.
Mark September 15, 2012 at 01:44 PM
How did you figure out how to use the Internet? You call them stupid becaus they have a history so as long as this wasn't a third strike it was ok? You are defined by the company you keep sir.
Allison D'jane September 16, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Feel for them because they're idiots who make very bad decisions, and then have to suffer the consequences?? Welcome to real life, that's how it goes.
Tim September 19, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I just figured it out. No wonder these Sedgeman kids are so special. Yale Sedgeman was the zamboni guy at GPCR back in the day. I remember having to wake him up from his slumber/stooper in his car, where he slept in the rink parking lot. This all makes so much sense now.
GP For Life September 19, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Best. Story. Ever.
Gary M. Wilson, Esq. September 19, 2012 at 04:58 PM
This could have been expressed more "elegantly."
heather September 21, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Let's hope the girlfriend who is involved faces time too! Even tho she doesn't have anything on her record and never been in trouble before she was also involved in it! And we all kno if they wouldn't of gotten caught she would of been right along with them spending that money! I hate to see 2 out of the 3 people in jail! Me personally feel like they all did wrong & all 3 should be in jail! No one should of gotten a bail... sorry if it offends anybody but its just the truth..


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