Man suspected in restaurant break-in located, charged

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published January 31, 2018



FERNDALE — A 48-year-old Warren man had a court date Thursday, Jan. 25, regarding a November 2017 larceny at Detroit Fleat Food Truck Park & Boozery.

Scott Winward was charged with two counts of breaking and entering for allegedly stealing from the business, located at 1820 E. Nine Mile Road. The place is known for its fleet of food trucks.

Sgt. Baron Brown, of the Ferndale Police Department, said the crimes occurred on consecutive days at early-morning hours in November. The first occurred at around midnight Nov. 1, and the second at around 6:30 a.m. Nov. 2.

“The break-in was through the same door — through the same locked door both times — and in both cases the suspect went into the restaurant bar part of the establishment and stole a bottle of liquor each time,” he said. “The first time, he grabbed the register drawer that had a couple hundred bucks (in) it. The second time, he grabbed the register drawer ... it was now empty, so he didn’t get any cash the second time.”

Brown said an officer remembered another larceny from 2014 at the nearby Double EE Restaurant, where a similar crime took place. The officer suggested that it might be the same person who committed the crime.

“After getting an identification on the person — the suspect — we showed surveillance footage from the latest burglaries to a witness who is familiar with Winward, who immediately said that’s him,” he said.

Brown said police got the warrants for Winward’s arrest, but they weren’t able to get him right away. Recently, they received a call from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, which had Winward locked up.

“A couple days ago, Macomb County called us, and they located a man, Winward, in custody, and a warrant popped up when they ran him,” he said. “We went and got him and arraigned him on the warrants we had.”

Winward’s next court date is set for 2 p.m. Feb. 1. Winward’s attorney, Marsha Kosmatka, could not be reached for comment by press time.