October 17, 2007 IMLAY CITY — Police have gotten a break in identifying the individuals believed reponsible for a series of home invasions that took place this summer.
Police Chief Arlan Winslow said one man has been arraigned and another implicated in at least two of the break-ins.
Imlay City resident Greg Reed, 34, has been arrested on a pair of warrants, including two counts each of home invasion and fourth-degree habitual offender, Winslow said.
He added that warrants are pending on a 33-year-old man who is alleged to have fraudulently used credit cards taken during the break-ins.
"The second man was making purchases of expensive merchandise using the stolen credit cards," said Winslow. "The items were later sold for cash which was used to buy drugs."
The two suspects are also being linked by Lapeer County Sheriff's deputies and Michigan State Police to other home invasions in surrounding townships, although no warrants have been issued in those cases, Winslow added.
Winslow credited the work of his officers for uncovering information leading to the arrests of the two men.
"These arrests were accomplished through the efforts and investigation of our officers," he said. "When you use a stolen credit card, you create a history that can be tracked. We believe these are the same people involved in the other home invasions this summer."
Winslow added that additional evidence was gained through the assistance of a tracking dog.
The maximum penalty for home invasion is 20 years in prison, while a fourth-degree habitual offender conviction could result in life imprisonment, at the discretion of the judge.
In another matter, Imlay City police arrested a 19-year-old Imlay City man for taking cash and other items from a parked vehicle in the vicinity of Mercy Casa Maria in June.