Rochester HillsSeptember 19, 2012
Woman charged with multiple home invasions
By Linda Shepard
C & G Staff Writer
ROCHESTER HILLS — An Orion Township woman has been charged with multiple felonies in connection with 10 home invasions after police discovered a large amount of stolen property in her possesion.
Police say they received information Sept. 7 about a recent Rochester Hills home invasion that included the identification of a possible suspect who had fled the scene.
Police had been investigating a series of home invasions with similar patterns. They discovered the suspect in Orion Township Sept. 7 and found items in her car that had been taken in an Independence Township break-in.
A search of the suspect’s home and an Auburn Hills storage unit revealed a large amount of stolen property, police said. The suspect confessed to the Rochester Hills home invasion, five Orion Township break-ins and one Indepencence Township break-in, police said. They say the suspect may be connected with three more incidents.
Tonya Denise Sievertsen, appearing without an attorney, was arraigned in 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills before a magistrate Sept. 10. Sievertsen was charged with two counts of felony home invasion and is in custody at the Oakland County Jail.
Due to the large quantity of recovered property, police anticipate Sievertsen will face additional home invasion charges.
Three of the victims have identified most of their stolen property. Some of the stolen jewelry and property is very expensive; some is not. This suspect is believed to also have been stealing and storing clothing, bedding, and indoor and outdoor furniture, which is not normally taken in home invasions. Police believe she was selling the stolen items on eBay.
According to Lt. Daniel Toth of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, county home invasions were up 200 percent in 2012. Police believe Sievertsen may have contributed to the large increase.
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