Police arrest burglary suspect

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published December 7, 2015


UTICA — Police charged a 24-year-old Utica man with three counts of breaking and entering after a woman reportedly found him attempting to cut out her window screen with a small knife Nov. 29.

Ronald Vanston was arraigned at the 41-A District Court in Shelby Township Nov. 30. At press time, he was being held at the Macomb County Jail on a bond of $10,000 cash or surety.

At approximately 1:20 p.m. Nov. 29, police responded to the 45200 block of Brownell Street for a report of a possible home invasion in progress.

The woman said she came home at approximately 1:15 p.m. and saw Vanston standing outside her rear window, cutting the screen with a small knife. Vanston told her he was searching for his cat, then fled northbound on Brownell Street, according to the police report.

Police located a man near Chase Bank who matched the description of the suspect. He reportedly told police the same story about searching for his cat.

After initially allowing police to cuff one of his wrists, Vanston reportedly pulled away and took a fighter’s stance. Police struggled with the suspect, called for backup, and a second unit helped cuff Vanston’s other wrist, according to the police report.

Police placed him under arrest, located a small gold folding knife and drug paraphernalia on his person, and transported him back to the Police Department for booking and processing, according to the report.

Police called in a detective to interview Vanston, who was a suspect in at least one other instance of breaking and entering in the city. During the interview, police said, Vanston admitted to two other incidents of home invasion.

Utica Police Chief David Faber said police took a report Nov. 29 from a resident on Ruby Street, who said that some jewelry had been taken. Police found the jewelry at a local pawn shop and were able to associate Vanston with the crime, according to Faber.

On Nov. 27, Faber said, a resident on Deshon Street came home to find her house had been burglarized and her jewelry box had been opened.

Police were also able to link Vanston to the crime through pawns he made, Faber said.

“Technology is a beautiful thing,” Faber said. “It used to be boots on the ground to knock on doors and talk to people. Now when we have a name, we can put it in a system and find out exactly what he’s been doing.”

Faber said police have a suspected motive for the crimes.

“The subject appears to have gotten hooked on some narcotics, so he’s out trying to steal to support his drug habit,” Faber said. “Unfortunately, we see more and more of this nowadays.”

The 41-A District Court approved Vanston’s request for a court-appointed attorney, but one had not yet been assigned by press time, according to a court clerk.