Suspect charged with breaking into Troy homes

Suspect found leaving house with stolen property

By: Jonathan Shead | Troy Times | Published March 24, 2021

 D’Mario Thornton

D’Mario Thornton


Troy police arrested a 40-year-old man aftering finding the suspect entering a friend’s vehicle to leave a house he allegedly had broken into during the early morning hours March 21. 

D’Mario Thornton was arrested and charged with three counts of home invasion. Thornton was arraigned during the afternoon of March 23 at the 52-4 District Court. A $150,000 cash or surety bond was set, according to 52-4 District Court records. 

Thornton has a probable cause conference scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 30 in front of Judge Kirsten Hartig. A preliminary examination is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. April 6 before Hartig. No attorney of record was one file for Thornton at press time. 

Police first learned of the nefarious activity after responding to a home invasion March 13 in the area of Coolidge Highway and Big Beaver Road. A homeowner reported his home broken into during the evening while he was gone, and valuable jewelry and coins of his were stolen. 

Using nearby security camera footage, Troy police were able to develop a suspect profile that led them to Thornton. 

Police saw Thornton March 21 near the area of Livernois Road, between Big Beaver and Wattles roads, acting in a suspicious manner. 

Additional police were deployed to the area to set up surveillance on Thornton. Officers saw Thornton enter two homes while under surveillance, where he reportedly stole cash and jewelry from both of the residences. Police attempted to arrest Thornton as he approached his parked vehicle, but Thornton fled on foot “into the darkness,” a press release states. 

A perimeter was established, and K-9 tracking and thermal imaging technology were activated to assist in the search for Thornton. Police eventually came across a vehicle associated with Thornton around 1 a.m., driven by a friend, in the area of Wattles Road and Interstate 75. 

They saw Thornton walk down a driveway and enter the vehicle, which the officers stopped shortly after. Thornton was arrested without incident at the scene. 

Thornton reportedly had entered an unlocked home in the area to use the phone to contact his friend to pick him up. While inside the home, Thornton allegedly seized the opportunity to take cash from the residence. The cash was later found on his person. 

Troy Police Department investigators have been working to retrace Thornton’s movements in an effort to recover the additional stolen coins, cash and jewelry. 

Anyone with information or who would like more information should call the Troy Police Department’s public information office at (248) 524-3447.