Four arrested after Troy break-in

By: Brendan Losinski | Troy Times | Published February 14, 2023

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TROY — Four suspects have been arrested in connection with what police are calling an attempted home invasion that took place Feb. 8.

A resident of the 3000 block of Newgate contacted the police stating that suspicious people were seen walking in a neighbor’s backyard and peering in through the windows of the home. Officers located pry marks and damage to the rear sliding door and door frame of the targeted home. The concerned neighbor provided officers with a description of the subjects in the area and explained that one male was wearing a yellow safety vest, while another was carrying a ladder.

The suspects fled before police arrived, but the neighbor gave officers a description of a vehicle, a black Kia Sorento with California plates. A matching vehicle was soon located along Interstate 75, south of the Big Beaver Road entrance ramp. Four individuals were inside the vehicle.

Officers located a yellow safety vest on the rear floorboard along with the ladder. Additionally, investigators located numerous jewelry items packaged and hidden under the center console and engine compartments. Troy police officials said the recovered items had been stolen in a home invasion that occurred in Missouri earlier this month.

“The Troy Police Department would like to recognize our officers for their quick response in this case in locating the fleeing vehicle,” the Troy police said in a press release. “Investigators were able to connect these arrests to a multi-state crime spree. We also would like to praise the instinctive neighbor for recognizing a crime was occurring, notifying Troy Police immediately, and providing detailed information. We ask our residents to continue to be vigilant; when you see something, say something.”

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office charged the four individuals inside the car with one count each of conspiracy to commit home invasion – second degree, one count each of attempted home invasion – second degree, and one count each of receiving and concealing stolen property greater than $20,000. They were arraigned in 52-4 District Court on Feb. 10.

The suspects were identified as Yohona Ortiz, who was issued a $500,000 cash or surety bond; Geiler Orobio-Cabezas, who was issued a $800,000 cash or surety bond; Cesar Aldana-Velasquez, who was issued a $900,000 cash or surety bond; and Madeleyne Leon-Gutierrez, who was issued a $500,000 cash or surety bond.

Their next court date will be a probable cause conference scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Feb. 23. None of the suspects had retained or been given an attorney by press time.