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More charges may come for break-in suspect in West Bloomfield

Police believe 22 break-ins are connected

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published February 1, 2018

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A South Lyon man has been arrested in connection with 22 local break-ins, according to officials. 

The man was arrested at a salon on M-59 in White Lake Township Jan. 11. White Lake police had followed the man to the salon, where they witnessed the suspect break in. 

According to West Bloomfield Police Department Deputy Chief Curt Lawson, the police had been surveilling the man for at least a day. They had seen security footage of the man and his car, and they matched the suspect with the video footage.

Officers with the South Oakland Narcotics Intelligence Consortium, or SONIC, were investigating the man. SONIC is an interdepartmental team that works together to eliminate the sale and use of drugs in its communities.

“SONIC has been … a valuable asset over the years,” said Lawson. “These detectives did a great job in solving another case.” 

The man was charged for the one instance of breaking and entering, but he may face more in the future. 

“After liasioning with other police departments in the area, we believe he could be a suspect in 22 different breaking and enterings,” said Lawson. “All of them had the same type of break-in. (He would) pry a back door open or throw a rock through the window.” 

Lawson said that officials are currently waiting on DNA information for further charges.

Lawson said the man was targeting cash registers and any items of value that he could carry out quickly.