Trio facing felony charges for stealing from vehicles

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published February 15, 2017

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Three Harrison Township men are facing felony charges after they were found in possession of items stolen from unlocked vehicles around Harrison Township last week.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham reported that a series of vehicle larcenies took place in early February in the residential areas of Riverside Bay Court, Long Street, Winkler Street, East Duluth Street, North Blom Drive and South River Road in Harrison Township. In each of the 20 instances, the vehicles that were entered had been left unlocked.

At approximately 4:15 a.m. on Feb. 12, a sheriff’s deputy on patrol checked on a vehicle parked in a driveway in an area where many of the larceny reports had been made. In looking inside the unoccupied vehicle, the deputy could see items inside that had been reportedly stolen.

According to the sheriff’s report, backup was called to the area, and one deputy en route spotted an occupied vehicle parked in the lot of a restaurant on South River Road. Two of the three men inside the parked vehicle were identified, while the third was readily recognized from past arrests for larcenies from automobiles.

Lt. John Michalke reported that deputies searched the two suspect vehicles and recovered 89 items that they believe were stolen from unlocked vehicles in Harrison Township. Items recovered included GPS devices, tablets, credit cards, power tools, purses and numerous pairs of sunglasses. 

The three men, all residents of Harrison Township, were taken to the Macomb County Jail and were arraigned in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township on Feb. 13.

Charged are Paul Michael Hranchook, 18; Blake Jacob Stoll, 18; and Anthony Dimitri Karpowitsch, 21. They are each charged with three counts of larceny from a motor vehicle, a five-year felony, the report states.

Hranchook and Stoll were given $10,000 personal bonds and have since been released from the Macomb County Jail. Court records show that neither has retained an attorney. Due to his previous felony arrests, Karpowitsch was ordered to be held on a $10,000 cash-or-surety bond and remains in the Macomb County Jail. He has retained an attorney, court records show, but none had been assigned to him at press time.

All three are expected back in court on Feb. 27.

Michalke said detectives are still attempting to identify other victims, and additional charges are expected. Anyone who may have additional information is asked to call Detective Jerry Hanna at (586) 307-9358.