Warren special ops unit nets suspected serial burglar

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 13, 2017

WARREN — A suspect in a spate of commercial burglaries in Warren, Center Line and at least four other metro Detroit cities has been arrested by Warren police.

Nathaniel Browder, 27, of Warren, was arrested Oct. 5 after officers assigned to the Warren Police Department Special Operations Unit allegedly witnessed him breaking into a Valero gas station at 12 Mile and Middlebelt roads in Farmington Hills. Browder was reportedly under surveillance at the time as the subject of an ongoing investigation into at least four break-ins in Warren and an after-hours burglary at Dairy Freezzz on Van Dyke in Center Line Sept. 13.

Warren police have since confirmed that Browder was also a suspect in additional commercial burglaries in Farmington Hills, Livonia and St. Clair Shores. All of the businesses were unoccupied when the break-ins occurred, and no weapon was used.

Browder was arraigned in the 37th District Court Oct. 6 on five counts of breaking and entering. He remained held in the Macomb County Jail Oct. 9 on bonds totaling $300,000. He is set to appear for a probable cause conference Oct. 19, followed by a preliminary examination on Oct. 26.

“I am proud of the hard work and cooperation of the men and women of the Warren Police Department in identifying and arresting the suspect quickly,” Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said in a statement. “We will continue to work with surrounding agencies in order to solve any commercial burglaries that this suspect may have committed.”

St. Clair Shores police are waiting on a warrant for the suspect in connection with burglaries Sept. 15 at Erma’s Frozen Custard, Sept. 8 at Country Dairy and Sunshine Discount Store, and Oct. 3 at Buscemi’s, all on Harper Avenue.

Dairy Freezzz owner Suzanne Cox had offered “free ice cream for life” for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the break-in suspect.

Center Line Public Safety Director Paul Myszenski credited Warren’s Special Operations Unit with apprehending Browder, and said officers had been invited for ice cream at the shop on Oct. 12.

“It was a joint effort, mostly from Warren. They have the assets. They have the crack team,” Myszenski said. “She (Cox) is actually thanking these guys for what they do every day. It’s her way of saying thank you.”