Police arrest 3 suspects with stolen trailer

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published January 26, 2021

 Defendants Timothy Basehore, of St. Clair Shores; Shane Boden, of Clinton Township; and Justin Thiel, of Macomb Township, allegedly attempted to steal this trailer from a Madison Heights business in the early morning hours of Jan. 10.

Defendants Timothy Basehore, of St. Clair Shores; Shane Boden, of Clinton Township; and Justin Thiel, of Macomb Township, allegedly attempted to steal this trailer from a Madison Heights business in the early morning hours of Jan. 10.

Photo provided by the Royal Oak Police Department

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ROYAL OAK — At approximately 4:44 a.m. Jan. 10, Royal Oak police pulled over a pickup truck without a license plate that was hauling an enclosed trailer and, in speaking with the driver and two passengers, reportedly noticed used syringes on the floor of the vehicle.

According to police, the occupants of the vehicle were acting “very nervously” and could not explain who owned the trailer. Police also said that they observed one of the passengers sitting on a pair of bolt cutters.

Police said that the suspects allegedly had stolen the empty trailer from a business on Stephenson Highway in Madison Heights, where they had used the bolt cutters to cut through a fenced area and hitch it to their truck.

Lt. Al Carter, of the Royal Oak Police Department, said the suspects had the trailer in their possession for approximately 15 minutes before a Royal Oak police officer conducted a traffic stop on the truck because it did not have a license plate.

“They removed the license plate off of the pickup truck so no one would see it on security cameras, and that was the reason for the stop,” Carter said. “The three are drug addicts and had narcotic paraphernalia inside the vehicle.”

He said the suspects admitted to being heroin users who had been staying together at a nearby motel and ran out of drugs, so they stole the trailer with the intent to sell it to buy more heroin.

“In the city (of Detroit), you can really sell anything, unfortunately. It’s quick cash,” Carter said. “They decided to drive around and look for a crime of opportunity.”

Police arrested the three suspects for receiving and concealing stolen property.

On Jan. 12, 44th District Court Magistrate Donald Chisholm arraigned Timothy Basehore, of St. Clair Shores; Shane Boden, of Clinton Township; and Justin Thiel, of Macomb Township, on one count each of receiving and concealing stolen property valued at $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. The charge is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Carter estimated the trailer to be worth approximately $9,000.

Chisholm set bond for Basehore and Thiels at $25,000 cash or surely, 10%, and set Boden’s at $15,000 cash or surety, 10%. Their next court appearance is set for 9:46 a.m. Feb. 12 before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke.

According to police, all three defendants have lengthy criminal histories, including felony delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance, felony receiving and concealing stolen property, felony possession of a controlled substance, and larceny in a building.

Basehore had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest, and Thiel was on probation and had a felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance from the Macomb County Circuit Court, police said.

Geoffrey Glaser, Basehore’s defense attorney; Dory Baron, Boden’s defense attorney; and Stacy Ann Drouillard, Thiel’s defense attorney, did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

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