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Arrest made in St. Clair Shores, Harrison Township outboard motor thefts

By: Kristyne E. Demske | C&G Newspapers | Published February 4, 2020




ST. CLAIR SHORES/HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A 39-year-old Detroit man is behind bars, accused of stealing outboard motors from boats stored at marinas in St. Clair Shores and Harrison Township.

St. Clair Shores police report that Charles John McDivitt was arrested Jan. 29 following an investigation by the Macomb Auto Theft Squad, or MATS, a multi-jurisdictional unit that investigates auto theft and related crimes. 

St. Clair Shores police had received numerous reports of outboard motors stolen off of boats stored at various marinas in the city since November and had turned the cases over to MATS for investigation, according to Detective Lt. James Fraser. 

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a 5-count warrant for larceny of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, a 5-year felony, against McDivitt, who was arraigned on the charges Feb. 3 in front of 40th District Court Judge Mark Fratarcangeli. Bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety, but as of Feb. 3, McDivitt was still in custody.

He requested a court appointed attorney, but one had not yet been assigned as of press time.

The Prosecutor’s Office also authorized a warrant for McDivitt for attempted larceny of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 for the attempted theft of an outboard motor from a boat in the Paradise Marina in Harrison Township. McDivitt was also arraigned on that charge in 41-B District Court in front of Judge Ryan Zemke. Bond was set at $10,000 or 10%.

McDivitt is in the Macomb County Jail awaiting preliminary exams in both courts.

“The MATS investigators worked tirelessly and conducted a relentless investigation that ended McDivitt’s crime spree,” Fraser stated in an email. “This case is a great example of the success that can be obtained when several agencies work together.”