Police arrest suspect in pizzeria burglary

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published July 30, 2019




ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue praised the midnight shift working Thursday, July 18, for its efforts in apprehending a suspect allegedly involved in a burglary at Two Guys From Italy, 1111 N. Campbell Road, south of 12 Mile Road.

The owner of the business reported that an unknown suspect had entered the pizzeria at approximately 4 a.m. July 18 by forcing open a window, and stole cash and iPads from the business.

Police used video surveillance to identify a suspect, and after further investigation, learned that the suspect had been stopped by patrol officers at approximately 3:38 a.m. July 18, just prior to the break-in.

Police at that time identified the man as Nicholas Colin Wilder, a 40-year-old homeless man formerly of Pleasant Ridge, cited him for a bicycle violation and sent him on his way.

On Friday, July 19, police said, they located Wilder in a vacant home on Knowles Street.

Lt. Keith Spencer, of the Royal Oak Police Department, described the home as a “flophouse” and said that Wilder was known to police.

Judge Derek Meinecke, of the 44th District Court, arraigned Wilder later in the day July 19 on one count of breaking and entering a building with intent, a felony that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, and one count of breaking and entering illegal entry, a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to 90 days in jail. He also set Wilder’s bond at $15,000 cash or surety, no 10%.

“He has no prior criminal convictions,” O’Donohue said. “It was just great work by the night shift officers, staying active, showing some initiative, taking the time to check things out and (resolving the case).”

A court-appointed attorney had not been assigned to Wilder as of press time.

Wilder is due back in court for a probable cause conference at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 2.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.