Harper Woods police arrest men suspected in St. Clair Shores home invasions

By: Brendan Losinski, Kristyne E. Demske | C&G Newspapers | Published April 12, 2018

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HARPER WOODS/ST. CLAIR SHORES — Two men who have been arraigned on charges of home invasion in Harper Woods may face charges in neighboring cities, as well. 

Harper Woods Department of Public Safety officers made the arrests after a break-in at a residence in the 19800 block of Eastwood Drive in Harper Woods at about 9:50 a.m. on March 28. Jewelry, credit cards and a firearm were stolen from the residence. Witnesses observed two male suspects fleeing the burglary scene in a small, silver SUV.

The investigation by Harper Woods detectives led to the arrest of 52-year-old Harlan Spight and 45-year-old Eddie Lucas, both of Detroit.

Harper Woods detectives executed search warrants on four homes in Detroit and recovered numerous items of stolen property, which included several jewelry boxes, a rifle, firearm magazines and ammunition, credit cards, personal identification pieces and hundreds of pieces of jewelry. The items have been identified as property stolen in home invasions which took place in several cities including Harper Woods, Detroit, St. Clair Shores, Livonia and Waterford.

“We had information on both suspects, so our detectives did an excellent job and they were able to track down both suspects,” said Harper Woods Department of Public Safety Chief James Burke. “It took some extra time to track Lucas down later because he, obviously, did not want to be caught. We had help from concerned neighbors and that was a big part of bringing in two people who were disrupting life for a lot of people.”

Burke said no other suspects are believed to be connected to the crimes, although they are still investigating as to how Spight and Lucas allegedly wanted to sell the stolen items.

On April 5, Spight was formally charged in 32-A District Court in Harper Woods with one count of first-degree home invasion, one count of second-degree home invasion, one count of larceny of a firearm, one count of possession of a stolen forearm, one count of larceny in a building and four counts of identity theft.

Lucas was arraigned via video conference in the 34th District Court in Romulus on April 7, and charged with one count of first-degree home invasion, one count of second-degree home invasion, one count of larceny of a firearm, two counts of possession of a stolen firearm, one count of possession of ammunition by a felon, six counts of felony firearm and one count of larceny in a building.

Visiting Judge Thomas Brookover set bond for Spight at $100,000 cash. Similarly, Magistrate Al Hindman set bond for Lucas at $100,000 cash. If convicted, they both face up to life in prison.

“There was a lot of evidence that showed us it was more than just our city. We communicated with our other law enforcement partners and we got a lot of hits back from other cities in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties,” said Burke. “We heard from several victims from other communities and they were so happy their property was recovered and it’s gratifying to be able to get them their property back.”

St. Clair Shores Police Detective Gordon Carrier said that his department is seeking warrants for the two men in connection with home invasions in St. Clair Shores in March. St. Clair Shores Police were looking for the suspects in home invasion cases where the suspect would knock on the door and then try to kick it in if no one answered.

“I think we’re pretty confident that ... these two are definitely responsible for the majority of ours, if not all of them,” said. 

St. Clair Shores Police have not received any further reports of home invasions fitting that modus operandi since the arrest of Spight and Lucas.

Spight’s lawyer, Harold Collins, and Lucas’ lawyer, Wendy Barnwell, both declined comment on the matter at press time. Both suspects were scheduled to have a probable cause conference on April 16.