Suspect arrested in connection to Harrison Township break-ins
By Julie Snyder
Posted November 13, 2013
HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A 19-year-old man is being held in the Macomb County Jail on multiple charges of home invasion in Harrison Township.
Denzel Alonte Gordon, who resides in Harrison Township, was arrested on Nov. 8 after detectives with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office searched his apartment and located property items, including electronics and jewelry, reported stolen in the home invasions.
According to Uniform Services Lt. John Michalke, on Nov. 7, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home invasion that was in progress on East Lauren Street. The suspect ran away prior to their arrival, but a sheriff K-9 Unit tracked the suspect to the Beachwood Apartment complex located off of North Pointe Parkway near Coleridge.
Following up on a tip, detectives began to investigate an individual who resided in the complex, and who was a suspect in a residential break-in in a neighboring community.
A release from Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham’s office states that detectives were able to ascertain that the suspect’s name was appearing on pawn receipts and he was pawning items that had been reported stolen during the Harrison Township break-ins. Detectives were also able to match serial numbers.
Michalke said seven home invasions occurred in a five-week period. Homes broken into were on Lauren, Long Street, Coleridge, Hamon Street and Hickory Street.
“We had a rash of them lately so we were actively investigating in this area,” he said. “The break-ins were happening in a tight area; close together.”
On Nov. 8, detectives obtained a search warrant and a search was conducted at Gordon’s apartment located in the 38000 block of Metro Villa Drive. Numerous items were recovered from the apartment that had been taken in the home invasions in Harrison Township, Michalke said. Those items included cell phones, tablets, laptop computers, jewelry and wallets. Detectives also located individually packaged quantities of marijuana.
The release states that between the property that was recovered in the apartment and the pawn shop receipts, Gordon was ultimately tied to the residential break-ins in Harrison Township. He was arrested at the scene.
Michalke said that the victims whose stolen property was pawned will be unable to get their items back without purchasing them from the pawn shop.
Gordon is being charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, two counts of receiving and concealing stolen property $1,000 to $20,000, which is a felony, and two counts of receiving and concealing Stolen Property $200 to $1000, a misdemeanor.
He was formally arraigned in the 41-B District Court of Clinton Township on Nov. 12 and was given a $35,000 cash or surety bond. In addition to the charges in Harrison Township, the sheriff’s office reports that Gordon also had an outstanding burglary warrant out of Clinton Township.
His next court date is Nov. 15 and he remains in the Macomb County Jail. It was unknown at press time if Gordon had obtained an attorney.
About the author
Staff Writer Julie Snyder covers Harrison Township, Mount Clemens, Macomb County, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, and Mount Clemens Community Schools for the Journal. She has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2003, and attended the University of Toledo with degrees in journalism and photography. Julie has received several awards for her work in Arizona and Washington, including AP awards in Arizona for breaking news reporting and feature writing.
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