Woman arrested after home invasion in Harrison Township

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published February 22, 2018

 Kelly Rae Smith

Kelly Rae Smith

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — An Ira Township woman with an extensive criminal background was arrested a little more than a week after a break-in at a home in Harrison Township.

According to Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. Renee Yax, the owners of a home on Rivercrest Avenue in Harrison Township returned home at 4:45 p.m. Feb. 10 and discovered that multiple items were missing from their home, including jewelry, electronics and a handgun.

It was later discovered that someone had broken into the home through the garage.

The press release states that detectives were able to track an electronic device that had been stolen from the home to a residence in Ira Township. Police said the occupant of the home, 27-year-old Kelly Rae Smith, had pawned jewelry and a firearm connected to the Rivercrest Avenue residence.

A search warrant was executed on Smith’s home Feb. 16, and she was taken into custody after she attempted to flee through a rear exit, police said.

Yax said that a second subject was also taken into custody for several outstanding unrelated warrants.

Several stolen items were recovered from the residence, police said.

Smith was lodged at the Macomb County Jail, and a two-count warrant was issued by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office: one count of second-degree home invasion, a 15-year felony; and one count of receiving and concealing stolen property valued between $1,000 and $20,000, a five-year felony.

Yax stated that Smith’s criminal history includes controlled substance convictions, stealing/retaining and using a financial transaction device without consent, and receiving and concealing stolen property.

Smith was arraigned in the 41-B District Court in Clinton Township Feb. 20 and was given a $20,000 bond. Court records show that she has yet to retain legal representation.

She is due back in court March 5.