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Police say man caught with 34 phones after break-in

June 26, 2013

WARREN — Police said they came across a 19-year-old Warren man “sweaty and looking for somewhere to hide” when they were dispatched to an alarm call at a cellphone retailer near Ryan and 12 Mile Road early June 25.

He allegedly had a good reason to run.

“When they arrived they noticed the front door was ajar and the glass was broken,” Warren Police Detective Lt. Heidi Metz said. “They began looking for possible suspects. They observed a white male walking behind the business. They stopped him, patted him down and located 34 cellphones in his sweatshirt pockets and jeans.”

Detective Kevin Dailey said Scott Mitchell Thursam was arraigned in the 37th District Court June 25 on the charge of breaking and entering with the intent to commit larceny, a 10-year felony.

In addition to the phones, police also reportedly recovered a hammer and gloves allegedly used to smash the front door at Tek Trade, on 12 Mile west of Ryan.

Metz said police notified the store’s owner who responded and reviewed security video that allegedly showed Thursam inside when the alarm sounded at 5:30 a.m. Dailey said Thursam was recorded on video after removing his hood during the break-in.

Police were still investigating whether he also broke into the store on New Year’s Eve.

Thursam had no prior criminal record and remained held in the Macomb County Jail on a $5,000 bond set by Visiting Judge Sherman Faunce at his arraignment.

He requested a court-appointed attorney and was due back in court for a preliminary examination before Judge Jennifer Faunce July 9.

About the author

Staff Writer Brian Louwers covers the cities of Warren and Center Line. He has worked for C & G Newspapers since 1998 and is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. In his free time, he participates in the Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program and conducts interviews with military veterans for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

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