Warren special ops unit nets suspected serial burglar

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 10, 2017

WARREN — A suspect in a spate of commercial burglaries in Warren, Center Line and at least four other metro Detroit cities has been arrested by Warren police.

Nathaniel Browder, 27, of Warren, was arrested Oct. 5 after officers assigned to the Warren Police Department Special Operations Unit allegedly witnessed him breaking into a Valero gas station at 12 Mile and Middlebelt roads in Farmington Hills. Browder was reportedly under surveillance at the time as the subject of an ongoing investigation into at least four break-ins in Warren and one in Center Line. Warren police have since confirmed Browder was also a suspect in additional commercial burglaries in Farmington Hills, Livonia and St. Clair Shores. All of the businesses were unoccupied when the break-ins occurred and no weapon was used.

Browder was arraigned in the 37th District Court Oct 6 on five counts of breaking and entering. He remained held in the Macomb County Jail Oct. 9 on bonds totaling $300,000. He was set to appear for a probable cause conference Oct. 19, followed by a preliminary examination on Oct. 26.  No attorney information for Browder was immediately available.

“I am proud of the hard work and cooperation of the men and women of the Warren Police Department in identifying and arresting the suspect quickly,” Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said in a statement. “We will continue to work with surrounding agencies in order to solve any commercial burglaries that this suspect may have committed.”