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City of Grosse Pointe Police Arrest Woods Man in Early Morning Burglaries

The following information is gathered from the City of Grosse Pointe Public Safety Department. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.

A 19-year-old Grosse Pointe Woods man is being held by the police awaiting arraignment on charges for breaking into two Rivard Boulevard homes early Monday. 

Detective Christopher J. Lee said a warrant seeking several charges has been sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. He is awaiting their OK to schedule the teen's arraignment before a judge. The charges include two counts of burglary, receiving stolen property and two counts of possession of controlled substances. 

A resident in the 800 block of Rivard called police about 5:30 a.m. after waking to his dog barking and finding the front door of his home ajar. While checking out the house, he heard the side door close and ran outside but did not see anyone. Then he discovered that a laptop and cell phone that had been on the kitchen table were gone. 

Responding officers arrived. Meanwhile, Lee spotted a man walking through a vacant lot on Mack Avenue near Canyon Street whom police thought might be involved. 

When officers approached the man, he was cooperative but nervous, according to a report. He changed his story while talking with officers about what he was doing and where he was going. 

During their investigation they discovered the man had the stolen computer from the home in his backpack and the stolen cell phone in his pants pocket. Lee said while they were talking with him, they determined that the backpack, another cell phone and an unactivated credit card with banking paperwork were also stolen from a neighboring home.

The man tried to activate the credit card with one of the stolen cell phones, Lee said, which is what he was doing when officers stopped him. 

He initially told police another man was involved and that man had actually stolen the items from the home officers knew had been hit and then handed off the items while running from the house, Lee said. 

Lee is skeptical about whether a second person was involved, especially after discovering a second house had been hit, he said. Lee is still trying to track down this alleged second individual, however, as the man in custody provided police with a name. 

Most of the stolen merchandise is being photographed so it can be returned to the owners to save them the hassle of replacing them, Lee said. 

Police did not recover any other stolen possessions but the man had two bags of drugs with small amounts in each. Officers tested the contents of one with positive results for methamphetamine.

The man told officers he planned to sell the stolen items to a drug house as he only had $4 left to his name, Lee said. He also admitted trying the handles of several cars parked along the street but those that were unlocked didn't have anything he felt were valuable enough to steal, Lee said.

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