More Than $500K in Jewelry Stolen in Burglary

A man and a woman were arraigned Thursday afternoon in the City of Grosse Pointe in a case involving the theft of more than $500,000 in jewelry. The case is still under investigation and some of the jewelry has been recovered.

Two people were arraigned Thursday afternoon in the court on felony charges of receiving stolen property stemming from a weekend burglary in which more than $500,000 in jewelry was stolen from a home on Lincoln.

The pair—Joshua A. Sedgeman and Alaina R. Robinson—are each facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted. The charge is receiving and concealing more than $20,000 in stolen property. In addition to prison, each could face up to $15,000 in fines or three times the value of the stolen property, whichever is greater. 

Both were arrested Tuesday at a Chase Bank branch on Cadieux Road at Harper Avenue while trying to cash a sizable check issued to them from a pawn shop, City Director of Public Safety Stephen Poloni said. 

The burglary was reported Monday by a woman who was caring for the house while the residents were out of town. She discovered someone entered the house through a window, Poloni said.

Upon their return home, the residents discovered and alerted detectives to what was missing. City Judge Russell Ethridge arraigned Sedgeman and Robinson, during which he mentioned that they received more than "half a million dollars" in stolen jewelry.

Quick, excellent detective work by detectives Alan Gwyn and Christopher Lee are what led to the arrests so quickly, Poloni said following the arraignment Thursday.

After the caretaker of the home reported the crime, they processed the house for evidence and then began trying to locate the jewelry, Poloni said. Jewelry was recovered from two pawn shops, he said.

Detectives put a stop on the check one of the pawn shop's issued to the pair and asked bank employees to alert police if they came in to cash it, Poloni said, which is how they came to be arrested.

Since, both have been in custody and were described as cooperative by Lee in court to the judge when asked about bond. Robinson has no criminal history, and Lee recommended she be released on a personal bond, which requires no payment of money unless she fails to appear. 

Sedgeman has a previous conviction for the same crime as well as a possession of marijuana conviction, Lee told the judge.

Ethridge granted a $50,000 personal bond for Robinson after her mother explained she had never been in trouble before and had only recently met Sedgeman. She also explained that she will do whatever necessary to ensure her daughter makes all court appearances.

Then he set a $50,000 cash surety bond with a 10 percent requirement for Sedgeman, who asked if the amount could be lowered. Ethridge denied the request and explained his concern that Sedgeman would be a flight risk given his prior criminal history with the same crime.

Sedgeman tried to plead with the judge, explaining that he was unaware the jewelry was stolen and was not the person who stole it. Ethridge told Sedgeman a 3 a.m. call should have tipped him off to the fact that something was not quite right with the situation.

Both are set to return to court for their preliminary exam hearings Sept. 20.

Following their arrests at the bank, the Grosse Pointe-Harper Woods SWAT team named the Special Response Team, raided two homes—one in Harper Woods and one in Detroit, Poloni said. 

The raids resulted in the arrests of two more men, one of whom was released after being determined to not be involved in the crime. The other is still being held and under investigation, Poloni said.

In addition to the two additional arrests, police recovered more of the stolen jewelry as well as narcotics, Poloni said. He could not make an estimate about how much jewelry had been recovered but said there is still jewelry that has not been found.

Allison D'jane September 06, 2012 at 10:35 PM
http://www.facebook.com/all.day.313?ref=ts http://www.facebook.com/alaina.anthonyshanikka HOODRATS to the extreme!
Barbara Rands Valente September 06, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Wow... Mark if you only had a clue what the hell you we're talking about. You have no idea what the whole situation is and are jumping to typical but crazy conclusions. Maybe the caretaker did their job and truely had nothing to do with any of it... Maybe it is a little premature to jump to such harsh conclusions.
Mark September 06, 2012 at 10:44 PM
A caretaker's job is in fact to take care of the property while you're gone right? Sounds like she failed to me.
Allison D'jane September 06, 2012 at 10:48 PM
sometimes, it just means water the plants... a little early to go jumping to conclusions and accusations.
Mark September 06, 2012 at 10:48 PM
And by the way why don't you relax Barbara it really isn't all that crazy to think that maybe the caretaker had something to do with it. The scenario I created was of course made up but to suggest police might want to investigate a theft that just so happened to occur while the residents were out of town isn't really that crazy. If you will read my post again I didn't say she did it I said she was at least negligent so please do me a favor and get back to another glass of wine.
Barbara Rands Valente September 06, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Well put Allison... Much more to the point of what I had wanted to say. Sorry Mark for being overly reactionary. Back to my wine. :-)
Mark September 06, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Fair enough I can concede that if she is watering plants that she likely did her job exceedingly well.
Mark September 07, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Allison I cannot begin to thank you enough for posting those profiles. These people have provided hours of entertainment. Not one of them or their friends have any concept of what the English language is. Many thanks for morons with public profiles. Also after seeing these disgusting excuses for human beings I cannot possibly imagine the residents would entrust their home to someone who knows these people.
GP For Life September 07, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Nice work, C.J.! I hope these two get the chair.
Tanya Kudla September 07, 2012 at 12:48 PM
ahhh...entertainment indeed.
Bradley Coopersmith September 07, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Allison, Those facebook accounts were ridiculous! wow.....that guy is like a even worse version of Vanilla Ice. I never thought of this before but i know that landlords can deny someone based on a criminal history. Regardless of these two, i wonder if Harper Woods and the Pointes could require landlords to do a criminal history background check. Its an interesting thought.
GP For Life September 07, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I wish there was a literacy test to breed in this country.
Mark September 07, 2012 at 01:11 PM
You can't make up a conversation like the one happening underneath Joshua "AllDay" Sedgeman's classy picture tonguing his accomplice. The argument between Marissa "Bad Yellow" Bonee and Alaina Loving AnthonyShannika is amazing. The scary thing is these people procreate. You can see a Pack N Play and child's toys in the background of some these pictures. These children do not even have a chance. I'm sure "AllDay" teaches his progeny the importance of education, continuous self-improvement and making a difference in society.
david wade September 07, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Does that punk kid got a tattoo on his face, or is he just hitting puberty?
lifelong September 07, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Not to bring up another issue but, Maybe we should have let them attend GP Schools and they would have turned out better! LOL! GIVE ME A BREAK!!! These two (or the parents) are obvious signs of lead paint eaters.
Mark September 07, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Yeah Lifelong I was hesitant to go off on that tangent as well but seriously people for SOC fail to realize that human excrement like this can infiltrate our school system when you make it borderless. I'm sorry but an excellent school system won't give people like this a leg up in life. Not when their or their parents' brainwave activity is so low you are surprised they are breathing.
Todd September 07, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Good work posters! Some classless banter. Do you really need to add commentary to the pictures above? Who's mind are you trying to change with all your colorful observations? All you're really doing is providing more reasons to criticize our embattled little community. Cut it out.
Brianna September 07, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Thats crazy stuff right there, drug addicts with no jobs or money have to steal from other people.. Get a damn job assholes.. I hope they both serve the maximum sentence.. Btw why does that chick have that big ponytail holder in her head with no damn hair .. Lol..
Allison D'jane September 07, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I noticed that both Facebook pages are now unavailable---by lawyer recommendation, perhaps?? I can't imagine it makes it any easier to defend an obvious thug when there are pictures of him holding big guns like he's some kind of gangsta all over social media.
Allison D'jane September 07, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I believe commentary is what the comment option is for o/0 I don't see anyone stating anything that wasn't painfully obvious to see when those Facebook pages were available, and by "our little community," do you mean Grosse Pointe or Detroit? Either way, I don't see any comments encouraging community criticism. Those people that want to take situations off errantly in that direction will, regardless of what others say.
Mark September 07, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Todd I'm afraid I will have to reject your request to cut it out as you say. These people are deserving of ridicule no matter what community you live in. If you don't like it I suggest you don't read the comment section.
Mark Van Osdol September 08, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I think you're all being a little harsh, Mr. Allday has a sweet tattoo on his cheek.
Amy September 08, 2012 at 03:19 AM
The care taker did not do it. I am for sure of that. A caretaker can not be at a house 24/7 especially when her husband has been in the hospital for a month. All I know is these assholes better spend a life time in jail.
Mark September 08, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Amy I am inclined to agree with you. Where I once suspected involvement once I saw the people involved I refuse to believe a GP family would allow someone to watch their house that could possibly have any connection to such bottom feeding Gammas.
Barbara Rands Valente September 08, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Amy... You rock my world!!! Love you lady!!!
samantha meitz September 11, 2012 at 03:55 AM
well thats sort of harsh, since joshua indeed is a friend of mine, but i do not agree with what he and his brother did...as a human he is not a bad person but sadly the greed is more important to him....i understand the pictures and the hate towards them, but why must we be so harsh??
samantha meitz September 11, 2012 at 04:05 AM
well i was really good friends with josh, met his brother once or twice...the chick i have no clue, some of the stuff you people are saying is kind of harsh..but i understand the resentment towards them...i'm disappointed myself and im his friend...but thank god i didnt end up like him....!!
ALDANTE FOSTER September 11, 2012 at 04:25 AM
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 selfseeking, 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
Jai D. September 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Life in jail for theft..... its true white people are the biggest hipocrite scum satan has ever come up with.
Mark September 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Jai D the two main suspects are white so I'm not sure where you are coming from.


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