Highland Man Charged for Role in White Lake Larcenies, Home Invasion

The following information was supplied by White Lake Township Police. Arrests and charges do not indicate convictions.

A Highland man was arraigned in court Saturday for his role in at least two larcenies from cars, and larcenies from items in an attached garage, in the Fox Chase and Willow Pond subdivisions according to White Lake Township Police.

The report states that Highland resident Michael Robert Brown, 21, was arrested Nov. 15 after police received a tip that one of the stolen GPS units from a car on Dillon in White Lake was pawned at a local shop.

Lt. Don Nankervis said Det. Brad Connell and Det. Jim Bowie, with the Highland Substation, were able to trace the GPS unit back to Brown.

During their investigation, and subsequent questioning of Brown, the detectives located more items reported missing from Fox Chase.

Brown was arraigned Saturday on charges of first degree home invasion (for entering an attached garage), a 20 year felony, and larceny from auto, a 5 year felony. Brown also received a charge of being in possession of a financial transaction without permission because he had credit cards from a wallet that was taken, the report states.

Brown's bond was set at $50,000 cash, and he remains in Oakland County Jail according to police.

James Webb November 21, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Another fine job by our White Lake Police Department; Bless you Boys !
John Holmes November 24, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Can you imagine spending 20 YEARS in prison for taking a GPS unit? You can buy them for $100 you moron. I hope all the idiots you hang out with are doing a reality check and maybe thinking of getting a job or joining the military....after all, 4 years in the service is a hell of a lot better than 20 in the pokey. Stupid theives.
Holly Scott November 25, 2012 at 08:51 AM
On October 5th we had a rash of car break-ins in the Huntwood Sub off of Wardlow near Duck Lake Road. A total of 12 cars had been broken into. My car's window was smashed in and thieves took my Garmin & beanbag mount and few other items. My car alarm was stilled activated and doors locked. Many of the cars in the sub had the same damage. Not sure if this person they caught was the same one that broke into our cars or not. Gave police the serial number and list of items taken. Deputy Hiller took many of our reports that morning. If anyone knows any additional information about crimes happening please share. Thank you
Steve Westermeier November 25, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I've been a recent victim so I am not sure if these are related as I live in the Dunham Lk. Subdivision (M-59 / Tipsico Lk. Rd.) I went to the Highland Substation to claim my belongings. You might want to give them a call (248) 887-6240 for additional info. They told me this has been an ongoing thing with these same thieves so it very well could be related. Worth a try! Good luck.
Laura Vogel November 26, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Not justifying it at all, John, but realize that these types of crimes are crimes of immediacy. The person stealing the GPS is, more than likely, addicted to heroin or another such drug, and is seeking quick cash fast and now. Most drug addicts do hold jobs (you'd be surprised what they do while completely blown out of their minds), pretty decent jobs quite often. The problem is, the drugs cost more. Always more. Again, it doesn't make it right. Just understand that, until the addiction is dealt with (ask anyone in AA and they'll tell you that they're never "cured" just in remission), imprisoning the criminal isn't going to take the criminal out of the addict.


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