Man arrested for vehicle break-ins on city’s north end

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published January 18, 2017




ROYAL OAK — A 26-year-old Fraser man was arrested and charged last week with several crimes, including stealing from cars in Royal Oak.

Christopher Rockne Straw was arraigned in 44th District Court Jan. 12 and charged with one count of receiving and concealing stolen property-motor vehicle, a five-year felony; one count of financial transaction device-stealing/retaining without consent, a four-year felony; one count of police officer-resisting/obstructing, a two-year felony; and one count of attempted breaking and entering of a vehicle to steal property less than $200, a 90-day misdemeanor.

Straw pleaded not guilty and asked for a court-appointed attorney, who had not been assigned as of press time. He was given a $27,500 bond, no 10 percent, and ordered to return to court Jan. 20.

Police received calls at about 3:30 a.m. Jan. 10 reporting a suspicious person in dark clothing in the area of Charlotte Avenue and Woodside Road on the city’s north side.

Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lt. Keith Spencer said the man was tampering with many vehicles in the area.

When officers arrived, they found and began to follow fresh footprints in the snow that led to a parked 2004 Ford Freestar, which Spencer said was later determined to be stolen from Oak Park.

Spencer said that as officers continued to follow the fresh footprints through several backyards, they saw Straw running through a backyard near Gardner and Rochester roads. Spencer said that officers caught and arrested Straw after a brief scuffle.

“We had an officer that suffered a minor injury while trying to take him into custody,” Spencer said, adding that the officer is fine.

Spencer said that Straw was arrested in connection with the stolen vehicle and stealing items out of cars in Royal Oak and Madison Heights.

Police said items were reported stolen in the 400 and 500 blocks of Sunnybrook Road and the 200 block of Charlotte Avenue. Items taken included jewelry, a dart set, electronics, personal envelopes and money.

Spencer said Straw had an outstanding felony warrant for tampering with an electronic device — a tether — and was recently discharged from state parole.

Anyone with further information should call the Royal Oak Police Department at (248) 246-3500 or Detective Tim Wood at (248) 246-3519.