Police recover stolen property during raids

Suspect charged with 21 felonies

By: April Lehmbeck | Advertiser Times | Published June 13, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Stolen automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and firearms were taken from homes when law enforcement officials raided five locations in Detroit on May 29.

Officers from the Harper Woods Department of Public Safety, with the help of the Arrest Car Thieves in Our Neighborhoods task force and the Eastern Wayne Special Response Team, conducted searches of five Detroit locations using search warrants.

One suspect has been charged, and police expect more to come.

“There is a very big case that we’re working on,” Harper Woods Public Safety director James Burke said. “This is the first layer of it.

“This has been an ongoing, very intense investigation,” he said.

“The arrests and seizure of property stem from an ongoing criminal enterprise investigation conducted by Harper Woods Detectives,” Burke stated in a Nixle.com report.

The raids resulted in police seizing eight stolen automobiles, two stolen ATVs, six stolen motorcycles, five firearms, computers and cellphones, according to police information.

Police arrested five suspects during the raids, but only one had been charged at press time.

Bond was set at $500,000 initially for suspect Albert Edward Graham, who faced 21 felony charges, including conducting a criminal enterprise, during an arraignment in 32-A District Court on June 1 in front of Judge Daniel Palmer. 

Graham, who is being charged as a habitual fourth offender, could face up to life in prison, according to police information.

Graham’s attorney, Patrick Nyenhuis, filed a motion last week to reduce the bond.

“I have seen people charged with much more serious crimes given a more reasonable bond,” he said in an email.

Bond was reduced to $150,000. When asked about the charges, he said he “will be arguing that some of these felonies should be dismissed, but I still need to get some additional discovery that I recently learned about.”

Graham’s preliminary examination was set for June 17.